Photo Essay: Japanese Tsunami Two Years Later
While in Japan this year we made time to re-visit the coastline which was devastated by the Japanese tsunami in March 2011. It was the first time we’d been back since taking photos in July 2011 for the fundraising exhibition we put on in Hobart in November 2011. The region has been cleared of a great deal of the debris and the scale of the disaster is all too clear. We saw tourism booming in the seaside town of Matsushima which survived the tsunami much better than most other towns due to the pine covered islands in the bay which the town is famous for. We also saw the completely devastated towns of Minami Sanriku and Rikuzen Takata, which were all but wiped out in the disaster. It was nice to be able to support the region in a very small way by purchasing food, sake and a few touristy T-shirts from some temporary structures that have been built for that purpose. The signs of thanks and appreciation which featured in the exhibition were still evident, and two years later the heavy machinery in the region wasn’t just clearing debris but starting to lay the foundations for the future.
Links to posts related to the November 2011 exhibition: