Photo/IllutrationChrysanthemum leucanthemums bloom at the site where 6-year-old Airi Sato was swept to her death in the March 11, 2011, tsunami that devastated Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. This photo was taken Nov. 1, 2017. (Provided by Ireneblue Project)

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A wild flower named to honor the memory of a little girl who perished in the 2011 tsunami disaster will be displayed in Tokyo from Aug. 9 to Sept. 1 to raise awareness of disaster preparedness.

The scientific name of the flower, now known as “Airi-chan,” is chrysanthemum leucanthemum.

On March 11, 2011, 6-year-old Airi Sato was aboard a kindergarten bus in a coastal area of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, when the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake struck.

It generated towering tsunami that caused widespread devastation and huge loss of life in northeastern Japan.

In 2015, when Airi’s mother Mika, 43, visited the site where her daughter was swept away, small white chrysanthemums that carpeted the area were in bloom.

This was the catalyst for the “Ireneblue Project.”

Trademark registration has been obtained for the flower's new name.

Seeds and seedlings have been distributed in many areas to promote the disaster preparedness campaign.

The flower has been already planted in Tokyo at Kasai Seaside Park in Edogawa Ward and Symbol Promenade Park in the Odaiba waterfront district.

From Aug. 9, staffing agency Pasona Group Inc. will display about 10 seedlings in planters at an interaction lounge in its “Job Hub Square” headquarters in the Otemachi district of Chiyoda Ward near Tokyo Station.

A planting event will be held from 10:30 a.m. the same day, and Airi’s mother will address the gathering, which is open to all at no charge.

“We hope that when people see this flower, it will increase disaster preparedness awareness," a company official said.