Photo/IllutrationA couple that lost their son, who worked for a company in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, in the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster, tell others about their experiences on March 10. (Minako Yoshimoto)

A disaster-hit prefecture that will host soccer games for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics plans to gather volunteer "storytellers" to convey their memories and experiences to visitors.

Miyagi Prefecture will start soliciting such individuals from its pool of volunteers starting in April.

The aim of the initiative is to pass on memories to future generations by conveying the experiences of survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which devastated many areas of the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011.

The Tokyo Games, under the slogan "recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami" is scheduled to start in 500 days from March 12.

The storyteller volunteers will be part of a larger group that will be in charge of providing transportation and sightseeing information to visitors from Japan and abroad at airports, train stations and sightseeing spots.

All 18 prefectures and municipalities that will serve as venues for the Games, including some affected by the disaster, will solicit volunteers.

According to Miyagi Prefecture officials, 90 storytellers will be selected from among 1,360 volunteers.

At booths installed at Sendai Airport and Sendai Station, they will talk about their experiences and memories of the disaster to visitors. The targeted qualified members are high school students or older.

An official in charge of soliciting the volunteers said, "I want visitors to know about the disaster and to see sites where recovery has progressed through a wider generation of volunteers for the Olympics."