A New Moon over Tohoku

DIRECTOR'S DIARY

 

My response to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident on the northeastern coastline of Tohoku, Japan was immediate and natural. I am a mother, a grandmother, and a Canadian of Japanese ancestry who deeply loves Japan.

At first, I went to Tohoku not as a filmmaker but as a volunteer to help with fundraising and do work with young people.

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The more time I spent along the devastated coast provinces of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima provinces, I met more survivors and my role in Tohoku gradually changed.

Many victims asked, sometimes even begged me to help them tell their stories in a film. I kept saying no up until I walked down an deserted main street of a contaminated Fukushima town for the first time.

The town was located inside the 20 km ‘no-go’ zone affected by the nuclear power plant explosion.

There were no sounds of people walking and talking, no children playing and laughing, no dogs barking, no cars filling the streets, no trains coming to the station. The emptiness was filled only with whispers from the wind and a few birds.

This eerie silence brought me to tears and the filmmaker inside me rose to the surface.

It was at this moment when I first turned my small SLR camera, beginning more than two years of filming with the Tohoku people for this documentary, A New Moon Over Tohoku.

In the 2.5 years in Tohoku, I interviewed over 80 people up and down the coastline from Iwate ken to Fukushima ken, doing much of the camera work alone. There were lots of challenges to face, but so many people helped along the way.

Maybe the fact that I was a foreigner, a third generation Japanese Canadian, a woman traveling alone, an artist and someone who didn’t completely understand their language helped to create a safe distance yet intimate closeness between us.

The fact that I didn’t stay for just a week or a month, but several years listening and learning, visiting and recording them help create strong friendships and bonds that allowed deeper feelings to be expressed together.

Maybe all of the above also helped me to understand some things that were left unspoken in words, but expressed in their tone of voice, their body language, their song, their food and their dance.

After our interviews, many people expressed how important it was to finally be able to speak so freely about their pains, losses, joys, fears, anger, and love. Something that is usually frowned upon in their culture.

The process of telling their story became a part of their healing.

Their voices help us recognize what it is that makes us all human. Birth, death, joy, loss, love, pain, sickness, health….all the qualities we share as people. Only when one is faced with complete loss so suddenly, it is easier to see what is vital and what is not, for one’s well-being.

Award winning Canadian cinematographer, Kirk Tougas, came to join me for one month from Canada as my cameraman. He later wrote:

“Working with Ohama in Japan I couldn’t help but marvel at the depths with which she connected with people who have experienced the harshest tragedy. Reserved, quiet­spoken Japanese were willing to share with her their innermost thoughts and feelings, words that they might not even voice to their closest friends, and never in public...

The samurai we filmed is real, not a movie star, and the centuries old tradition of discipline and horsemanship continues. The dancers we filmed are young, yet the dances link back through the centuries, and these young women dance for a generation claiming a right to a future. The childhood song sung by many film participants resonated in the Japanese soul, a lament seeking to regain the marvel of home.....” (Kirk Tougas, cinematographer)

FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE

Fukushima barricade stop from car int.jpg

Fukushima barricade stop from car int.jpg

Fukushima bamboo Ohashi plays.JPG

Fukushima bamboo Ohashi plays.JPG

culture learning English and international culture with cooking class, onomichi.JPG

culture learning English and international culture with cooking class, onomichi.JPG

fukushima at J-village soccer training center (near naraha).JPG

fukushima at J-village soccer training center (near naraha).JPG

fukushima coastline reconstruction.JPG

fukushima coastline reconstruction.JPG

fukushima J-village soccer training center tonne bags radiation.JPG

fukushima J-village soccer training center tonne bags radiation.JPG

fukushima moms procession scene group photo umbrellas, bamboo, linda.jpg

fukushima moms procession scene group photo umbrellas, bamboo, linda.jpg

fukushima moms listening to their concerns as mothers with linda.JPG

fukushima moms listening to their concerns as mothers with linda.JPG

fukushima moms procession scene in contaminated bamboo forest.JPG

fukushima moms procession scene in contaminated bamboo forest.JPG

fukushima moms processions scene the red umbrella girl (poster).jpg

fukushima moms processions scene the red umbrella girl (poster).jpg

fukushima moms with nakao and baby.JPG

fukushima moms with nakao and baby.JPG

fukushima moms procession scene the umbrella girl in bamboo forest BEAUTIFUL.JPG

fukushima moms procession scene the umbrella girl in bamboo forest BEAUTIFUL.JPG

fukushima naraha contaminated tonne bags stockpiled.JPG

fukushima naraha contaminated tonne bags stockpiled.JPG

fukushima no go zone roadblock.JPG

fukushima no go zone roadblock.JPG

fukushima nogo zone blockade police.JPG

fukushima nogo zone blockade police.JPG

fukushima road sign Fukushima, Soma, Marumori.jpg

fukushima road sign Fukushima, Soma, Marumori.jpg

fukushima temp convenience store truck kowata.JPG

fukushima temp convenience store truck kowata.JPG

minamisoma daffodils Tamura interview.JPG

minamisoma daffodils Tamura interview.JPG

fukushima women food stand.JPG

fukushima women food stand.JPG

Minamisoma Fukushima street April 2013.jpg

Minamisoma Fukushima street April 2013.jpg

minamisoma kenji coffin funeral.JPG

minamisoma kenji coffin funeral.JPG

minamisoma lost farm tamura and friend.JPG

minamisoma lost farm tamura and friend.JPG

minamisoma mayor sakurai shakes hand with linda.jpg

minamisoma mayor sakurai shakes hand with linda.jpg

minamisoma samurai at home with samurai spirits.jpg

minamisoma samurai at home with samurai spirits.jpg

minamisoma radiation reader and nurse .JPG

minamisoma radiation reader and nurse .JPG

minamisoma samurai & kowata barn interview.JPG

minamisoma samurai & kowata barn interview.JPG

minamisoma samurai and linda armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai and linda armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai black white photos.JPG

minamisoma samurai black white photos.JPG

minamisoma samurai monma and son in house with armor.jpg

minamisoma samurai monma and son in house with armor.jpg

minamisoma samurai home WIDE with armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai home WIDE with armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai home with armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai home with armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai monma in old photo.JPG

minamisoma samurai monma in old photo.JPG

minamisoma samurai monma with photo and armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai monma with photo and armor.JPG

minamisoma samurai monma's armor lined up.JPG

minamisoma samurai monma's armor lined up.JPG

minamisoma samurai with smile photos.JPG

minamisoma samurai with smile photos.JPG

minamisoma tamura looks at camera daffodils on land.JPG

minamisoma tamura looks at camera daffodils on land.JPG

minamisoma wise man and survivor speaks linda 2.jpg

minamisoma wise man and survivor speaks linda 2.jpg

Namie barrier young Osaka policeman.jpg

Namie barrier young Osaka policeman.jpg

nakao reporter fukushima fair.JPG

nakao reporter fukushima fair.JPG

namie barricade.jpg

namie barricade.jpg

namie a town in fukushima flattened.JPG

namie a town in fukushima flattened.JPG

Namie gardens still bloom in the debris April 2013.jpg

Namie gardens still bloom in the debris April 2013.jpg

Namie Nomaoi horse survives April 2013.jpg

Namie Nomaoi horse survives April 2013.jpg

namie ocean near nuclear plant and kirk.JPG

namie ocean near nuclear plant and kirk.JPG

Namie tsunami area- April 2013 10 days ago.jpg

Namie tsunami area- April 2013 10 days ago.jpg

namie tsunami area street.jpg

namie tsunami area street.jpg

namie tsunami area.jpg

namie tsunami area.jpg

odaka abandoned bikes at train station.JPG

odaka abandoned bikes at train station.JPG

odaka barber shop mirror katos, kowatas, linda.jpg

odaka barber shop mirror katos, kowatas, linda.jpg

odaka barber shop katos, kowatas, laugh together.jpg

odaka barber shop katos, kowatas, laugh together.jpg

odaka barber & wife one chair.jpg

odaka barber & wife one chair.jpg

odaka barber, katos, kowatas, linda laugh.JPG

odaka barber, katos, kowatas, linda laugh.JPG

odaka condemned farm wifeinterview.JPG

odaka condemned farm wifeinterview.JPG

odaka decontamination work 2016.JPG

odaka decontamination work 2016.JPG

odaka conemned farm;two women interview.JPG

odaka conemned farm;two women interview.JPG

odaka decontamination work sign.JPG

odaka decontamination work sign.JPG

odaka decontamination.jpg

odaka decontamination.jpg

odaka evacuees cook class.JPG

odaka evacuees cook class.JPG

odaka gathering 2016JPG.JPG

odaka gathering 2016JPG.JPG

odaka goodbye kowatas.JPG

odaka goodbye kowatas.JPG

odaka kato barber interview.JPG

odaka kato barber interview.JPG

odaka kato barber and son together work.JPG

odaka kato barber and son together work.JPG

odaka kato barber holds camera.JPG

odaka kato barber holds camera.JPG

odaka kato barbers, kowatas & me.JPG

odaka kato barbers, kowatas & me.JPG

odaka kenji interview later with beard framegrab.JPG

odaka kenji interview later with beard framegrab.JPG

odaka kenji interview laughing.jpg

odaka kenji interview laughing.jpg

odaka katos kowatas barber shop laugh.JPG

odaka katos kowatas barber shop laugh.JPG

odaka kenji and volunteer group plant abandoned fields lavender.JPG

odaka kenji and volunteer group plant abandoned fields lavender.JPG

odaka kenji interview.JPG

odaka kenji interview.JPG

odaka kenji waves goodbye at road.jpg

odaka kenji waves goodbye at road.jpg

odaka kenji makes tea in tent.JPG

odaka kenji makes tea in tent.JPG

odaka kenji, blackstone sunflower field no go zone.JPG

odaka kenji, blackstone sunflower field no go zone.JPG

odaka kowata drives.JPG

odaka kowata drives.JPG

odaka kowata san 2016.JPG

odaka kowata san 2016.JPG

odaka kowata san with his cats.JPG

odaka kowata san with his cats.JPG

odaka kowata good bye train station.JPG

odaka kowata good bye train station.JPG

odaka kowatas wave final goodbye.JPG

odaka kowatas wave final goodbye.JPG

odaka Linda and kenji.JPG

odaka Linda and kenji.JPG

odaka main street no flowers.JPG

odaka main street no flowers.JPG

odaka mainstreet with flower boxes.jpg

odaka mainstreet with flower boxes.jpg

odaka main street.jpg

odaka main street.jpg

Odaka man speaks of his dreams.jpg

Odaka man speaks of his dreams.jpg

odaka nogozone farm kenji interview.JPG

odaka nogozone farm kenji interview.JPG

odaka mrs kato waves from barber shop.JPG

odaka mrs kato waves from barber shop.JPG

odaka no go zone area. daffodils disobey and still live to bloom.JPG

odaka no go zone area. daffodils disobey and still live to bloom.JPG

odaka samurai .JPG

odaka samurai .JPG

odaka samurai EX CU.JPG

odaka samurai EX CU.JPG

odaka samurai monma, kowata interview barn.JPG

odaka samurai monma, kowata interview barn.JPG

odaka samurai portrait dressed in armor.jpg

odaka samurai portrait dressed in armor.jpg

odaka samurai shrine 2016.JPG

odaka samurai shrine 2016.JPG

odaka samurai shrine kirk, kowata.JPG

odaka samurai shrine kirk, kowata.JPG

odaka samurai shrine MED samurai.JPG

odaka samurai shrine MED samurai.JPG

odaka samurai shrine med wide .JPG

odaka samurai shrine med wide .JPG

odaka samurai.2016JPG.JPG

odaka samurai.2016JPG.JPG

odaka samurai son interview.JPG

odaka samurai son interview.JPG

odaka street with planters.JPG

odaka street with planters.JPG

odaka sunflower field sign Let the flowers bloom.JPG

odaka sunflower field sign Let the flowers bloom.JPG

odaka train station abandoned after nuclear explosion.JPG

odaka train station abandoned after nuclear explosion.JPG

odaka, monma samura, kowata, mrs kato barber,linda.jpg

odaka, monma samura, kowata, mrs kato barber,linda.jpg

samurai odaka 2.jpg

samurai odaka 2.jpg

odaka, kato barber kowata me mirror shot.JPG

odaka, kato barber kowata me mirror shot.JPG

samurai and son.JPG

samurai and son.JPG

samurai looks out.JPG

samurai looks out.JPG

soma fisherman interview framegrab.jpg

soma fisherman interview framegrab.jpg

soma fishermen buildings in snow.JPG

soma fishermen buildings in snow.JPG

soma fishermen coop rescue volunteer leader, linda.JPG

soma fishermen coop rescue volunteer leader, linda.JPG

soma fishing port after snowstorm.JPG

soma fishing port after snowstorm.JPG

soma fishermen group emergency rescue and fire team.JPG

soma fishermen group emergency rescue and fire team.JPG

soma train station where bus to train part way through contaminated area.JPG

soma train station where bus to train part way through contaminated area.JPG

soma, fukushima snowstorm.JPG

soma, fukushima snowstorm.JPG

 

IWATE PREFECTURE

Iwate highway in snow.jpg

Iwate highway in snow.jpg

miyako jodojohama sakiko masao kirk interview.JPG

miyako jodojohama sakiko masao kirk interview.JPG

iwate highway winter mountains.JPG

iwate highway winter mountains.JPG

miyako sushi chef eat sushi in 25 minutes.JPG

miyako sushi chef eat sushi in 25 minutes.JPG

miyako wakame fishermen no fans.JPG

miyako wakame fishermen no fans.JPG

otsuchi 2016 masao osaka ya temp bakery.jpg

otsuchi 2016 masao osaka ya temp bakery.jpg

otsuchi burned out mountain side 2016.JPG

otsuchi burned out mountain side 2016.JPG

otsuchi candle memorial hearts.JPG

otsuchi candle memorial hearts.JPG

osuchi kanako husband cleans land.JPG

osuchi kanako husband cleans land.JPG

otsuchi candle memorial one heart gareki.JPG

otsuchi candle memorial one heart gareki.JPG

otsuchi city hall where mayor and staff were lost to their town.JPG

otsuchi city hall where mayor and staff were lost to their town.JPG

otsuchi cloth letters workshop.JPG

otsuchi cloth letters workshop.JPG

otsuchi country road up mt where survivors escaped to.JPG

otsuchi country road up mt where survivors escaped to.JPG

otsuchi emergy temp housing kasetsu complex.JPG

otsuchi emergy temp housing kasetsu complex.JPG

otsuchi debris town itto 7 sakiko.JPG

otsuchi debris town itto 7 sakiko.JPG

otsuchi families gather for mar 11 memorial.JPG

otsuchi families gather for mar 11 memorial.JPG

otsuchi family candlelight memorial March 11.JPG

otsuchi family candlelight memorial March 11.JPG

otsuchi filming the town overgrown weeds 2016.JPG

otsuchi filming the town overgrown weeds 2016.JPG

otsuchi filming town left in weeds train station 2016.JPG

otsuchi filming town left in weeds train station 2016.JPG

otsuchi grandma with matsutake.JPG

otsuchi grandma with matsutake.JPG

otsuchi grandpa grandma interview framegrab.JPG

otsuchi grandpa grandma interview framegrab.JPG

otsuchi grandma hanging wakame to dry 2016.JPG

otsuchi grandma hanging wakame to dry 2016.JPG

otsuchi grandpa kasetsu door goodbye.JPG

otsuchi grandpa kasetsu door goodbye.JPG

otsuchi grandpa walnut hearts.JPG

otsuchi grandpa walnut hearts.JPG

otsuchi itto and reconstruction 2016.JPG

otsuchi itto and reconstruction 2016.JPG

otsuchi itto masao temp coffee shop 2016.JPG

otsuchi itto masao temp coffee shop 2016.JPG

otsuchi itto san with poster of book.JPG

otsuchi itto san with poster of book.JPG

otsuchi grandpa will build again 2016.JPG

otsuchi grandpa will build again 2016.JPG

otsuchi kanako 2015.JPG

otsuchi kanako 2015.JPG

otsuchi kanako and husband at family shrine 2016.JPG

otsuchi kanako and husband at family shrine 2016.JPG

otsuchi kanako clinic 2016.JPG

otsuchi kanako clinic 2016.JPG

otsuchi kanako dad makes tes.JPG

otsuchi kanako dad makes tes.JPG

otsuchi kanako sasaki interview framegrab.JPG

otsuchi kanako sasaki interview framegrab.JPG

otsuchi kanako parents say good bye.JPG

otsuchi kanako parents say good bye.JPG

otsuchi kanako, sera, misaki together.jpg

otsuchi kanako, sera, misaki together.jpg

otsuchi kasetsu overnight sleep 2016.JPG

otsuchi kasetsu overnight sleep 2016.JPG

otsuchi lantern and moon.jpg

otsuchi lantern and moon.jpg

otsuchi lunch with kanako's mom and dad.JPG

otsuchi lunch with kanako's mom and dad.JPG

otsuchi masao and wife 2016.JPG

otsuchi masao and wife 2016.JPG

otsuchi linda boom man on debris kirk sakiko itto san interview.JPG

otsuchi linda boom man on debris kirk sakiko itto san interview.JPG

otsuchi masao final good bye 2016.JPG

otsuchi masao final good bye 2016.JPG

otsuchi masao interview.JPG

otsuchi masao interview.JPG

otsuchi mountaintop ancient shrine.JPG

otsuchi mountaintop ancient shrine.JPG

otsuchi mr sasaki goodbye.JPG

otsuchi mr sasaki goodbye.JPG

otsuchi new years day monkey at shrine.JPG

otsuchi new years day monkey at shrine.JPG

otsuchi new years day monkey at shrine wide straight on.JPG

otsuchi new years day monkey at shrine wide straight on.JPG

otsuchi osaka ya interview framegrab.JPG

otsuchi osaka ya interview framegrab.JPG

otsuchi osaka ya survivor temp bakery and new generation.JPG

otsuchi osaka ya survivor temp bakery and new generation.JPG

otsuchi raising level of land for reconstruction 2016.JPG

otsuchi raising level of land for reconstruction 2016.JPG

otsuchi recovery build up 2016.JPG

otsuchi recovery build up 2016.JPG

otsuchi reconstruction 2016 3.JPG

otsuchi reconstruction 2016 3.JPG

otsuchi reconstruction 2016.JPG

otsuchi reconstruction 2016.JPG

otsuchi red umb volunteers.JPG

otsuchi red umb volunteers.JPG

otsuchi sasaki gran granp kasetsu interview.JPG

otsuchi sasaki gran granp kasetsu interview.JPG

otsuchi red umbrella volunteers linda.JPG

otsuchi red umbrella volunteers linda.JPG

otsuchi sachiko stones and kirk.JPG

otsuchi sachiko stones and kirk.JPG

otsuchi school buses to temp school from temp housing complexe spread in valley.JPG

otsuchi school buses to temp school from temp housing complexe spread in valley.JPG

otsuchi sasaki kasetsu interview.JPG

otsuchi sasaki kasetsu interview.JPG

otsuchi sera and dad at ruined house 2.jpg

otsuchi sera and dad at ruined house 2.jpg

otsuchi sera cloth letters.JPG

otsuchi sera cloth letters.JPG

otsuchi students write messages on board destroyed school.jpg

otsuchi students write messages on board destroyed school.jpg

otsuchi temp bakery osaka interview.JPG

otsuchi temp bakery osaka interview.JPG

otsuchi temp bakery mrs osaka & child.JPG

otsuchi temp bakery mrs osaka & child.JPG

otsuchi survivors young and old light candles for memorial on March 11.JPG

otsuchi survivors young and old light candles for memorial on March 11.JPG

otsuchi temp housing kasetsu compound.JPG

otsuchi temp housing kasetsu compound.JPG

otsuchi temp noodle restaurant women sign.JPG

otsuchi temp noodle restaurant women sign.JPG

otsuchi temp shopping centre udon shop women.JPG

otsuchi temp shopping centre udon shop women.JPG

otsuchi temp store.JPG

otsuchi temp store.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing compound 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing compound 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary general store for temp housing kasetsu compound.JPG

otsuchi temporary general store for temp housing kasetsu compound.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kasetsu 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kasetsu 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kasetu living space 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kasetu living space 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kitchen space 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kitchen space 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kasetsu compound 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing kasetsu compound 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing spce grandma 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary housing spce grandma 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary shoppingcenter 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary shoppingcenter 2016.JPG

otsuchi temporary school for 5 destroyed schools in one.JPG

otsuchi temporary school for 5 destroyed schools in one.JPG

otsuchi temporary shopping centre bakery osaka ya with film crew.JPG

otsuchi temporary shopping centre bakery osaka ya with film crew.JPG

otsuchi tent restaurant with Kanako2.JPG

otsuchi tent restaurant with Kanako2.JPG

otsuchi town from above.JPG

otsuchi town from above.JPG

otsuchi two birds one survivor one companion.JPG

otsuchi two birds one survivor one companion.JPG

otsuchi vending machines at temp emergency housing kasetsu.JPG

otsuchi vending machines at temp emergency housing kasetsu.JPG

otsuchi wakame fisherman interview 2.JPG

otsuchi wakame fisherman interview 2.JPG

otsuchi volunteers.JPG

otsuchi volunteers.JPG

otsuchi wakame fishermen looks out 2.JPG

otsuchi wakame fishermen looks out 2.JPG

otuschi itto san in temp cafe with photos 2016.JPG

otuschi itto san in temp cafe with photos 2016.JPG

otsuchi winter the forgotten ones.JPG

otsuchi winter the forgotten ones.JPG

otuschi families candlelight march 11 memorial.JPG

otuschi families candlelight march 11 memorial.JPG

otuschi itto san's house near the train tracks and former station.JPG

otuschi itto san's house near the train tracks and former station.JPG

otuschi new years day ice cream truck.JPG

otuschi new years day ice cream truck.JPG

otuschi reconstruction 2 2016.JPG

otuschi reconstruction 2 2016.JPG

outsuchi kanako's mom 2016.JPG

outsuchi kanako's mom 2016.JPG

yamada oyster fisherman on dock looks out.JPG

yamada oyster fisherman on dock looks out.JPG

yamada oyster fishermen sits in boat interview.JPG

yamada oyster fishermen sits in boat interview.JPG

 

MIYAGI PREFECTURE

arahama beach road nothing remains.JPG

arahama beach road nothing remains.JPG

arahama bags of cleanup.JPG

arahama bags of cleanup.JPG

arahama cemetary in ruins.JPG

arahama cemetary in ruins.JPG

arahama cemetary broken stones recovered and stacked.JPG

arahama cemetary broken stones recovered and stacked.JPG

arahama conveience store nowhere nothing dump trucks_0069.JPG

arahama conveience store nowhere nothing dump trucks_0069.JPG

arahama cemetary ruins.JPG

arahama cemetary ruins.JPG

arahama cleanup only foundations left behind.JPG

arahama cleanup only foundations left behind.JPG

arahama debris gravestones piled, houses hanging in wind 2011.JPG

arahama debris gravestones piled, houses hanging in wind 2011.JPG

arahama debris officials on phone checkpoint 2011.JPG

arahama debris officials on phone checkpoint 2011.JPG

arahama flattened house foundation foreground machines work.JPG

arahama flattened house foundation foreground machines work.JPG

arahama debris someone leaves flowers at home.JPG

arahama debris someone leaves flowers at home.JPG

arahama flattened debris trees few leaning.JPG

arahama flattened debris trees few leaning.JPG

arahama flattened town faded colors WIDE.JPG

arahama flattened town faded colors WIDE.JPG

arahama kato and daughter interview.JPG

arahama kato and daughter interview.JPG

arahama flattened overwhelms rescue volunteers in background like ants GOOD.JPG

arahama flattened overwhelms rescue volunteers in background like ants GOOD.JPG

arahama kato gareki house waves goodbye.JPG

arahama kato gareki house waves goodbye.JPG

arahama mr kato interview.JPG

arahama mr kato interview.JPG

arahama motorbike visits nothing.JPG

arahama motorbike visits nothing.JPG

arahama memorial.JPG

arahama memorial.JPG

arahama mrs kato cleans akaigai.JPG

arahama mrs kato cleans akaigai.JPG

arahama mrs. kato fish interview.JPG

arahama mrs. kato fish interview.JPG

arahama one iris blooming in debris.jpg

arahama one iris blooming in debris.jpg

arahama ohashi back to swan land.JPG

arahama ohashi back to swan land.JPG

arahama ohashi san group swans fly pray together.JPG

arahama ohashi san group swans fly pray together.JPG

arahama oahshi field swans.JPG

arahama oahshi field swans.JPG

arahama one iris blooms in debris 2.jpg

arahama one iris blooms in debris 2.jpg

arahama people return to clean up their town.JPG

arahama people return to clean up their town.JPG

arahama remains of a house, steps and bathroom.JPG

arahama remains of a house, steps and bathroom.JPG

arahama one iris blooms from ground angle with debris.JPG

arahama one iris blooms from ground angle with debris.JPG

arahama sato fisherman and daughter at harbor speak.JPG

arahama sato fisherman and daughter at harbor speak.JPG

arahama sato fisherman and daughter interview framegrab.jpg

arahama sato fisherman and daughter interview framegrab.jpg

arahama sato fisherman on boat holds shell catch.JPG

arahama sato fisherman on boat holds shell catch.JPG

arahama sato fishing family by gareki shack wave good bye.jpg

arahama sato fishing family by gareki shack wave good bye.jpg

arahama sato fisherman on boat w linda.JPG

arahama sato fisherman on boat w linda.JPG

arahama sato fishing family three portrait.JPG

arahama sato fishing family three portrait.JPG

arahama statues in debris.JPG

arahama statues in debris.JPG

arahama survivors meet for community clean-up day 2014.JPG

arahama survivors meet for community clean-up day 2014.JPG

arahama survivors and volunteers return for community clean-up day.JPG

arahama survivors and volunteers return for community clean-up day.JPG

arahama town and people return for clean up day.JPG

arahama town and people return for clean up day.JPG

arahama town community clean up day people return.JPG

arahama town community clean up day people return.JPG

arahama town wiped out with windswept trees.JPG

arahama town wiped out with windswept trees.JPG

arahama tsunami through house debris.jpg

arahama tsunami through house debris.jpg

arahama tree, steps no house, dump truck.JPG

arahama tree, steps no house, dump truck.JPG

arahama village land the removing salt water soil.JPG

arahama village land the removing salt water soil.JPG

arahama village people yellow ribbon, they want to come home plea.JPG

arahama village people yellow ribbon, they want to come home plea.JPG

ishinomaki piled up cars in gareki.JPG

ishinomaki piled up cars in gareki.JPG

arahamagarekihouse.JPG

arahamagarekihouse.JPG

marumori bamboo farm contaimination check.JPG

marumori bamboo farm contaimination check.JPG

marumori bamboo farm contamination testing.JPG

marumori bamboo farm contamination testing.JPG

marumori bamboo farmer and wife pink umbrella good bye.jpg

marumori bamboo farmer and wife pink umbrella good bye.jpg

marumori bamboo farm shoot.JPG

marumori bamboo farm shoot.JPG

marumori bamboo farmers watch govnt testing.JPG

marumori bamboo farmers watch govnt testing.JPG

marumori boy ume best.jpg

marumori boy ume best.jpg

marumori bamboo report from officials inform affected bamboo farmers.JPG

marumori bamboo report from officials inform affected bamboo farmers.JPG

marumori bamboo wife pink umbrella good bye.JPG

marumori bamboo wife pink umbrella good bye.JPG

marumori contaminated leaves.JPG

marumori contaminated leaves.JPG

marumori ohashi granddaughter hinamatusri _peace_.JPG

marumori ohashi granddaughter hinamatusri _peace_.JPG

minamisinriku a volunteer and a survivor.JPG

minamisinriku a volunteer and a survivor.JPG

minamisinriku fire station shell and destroyed town.JPG

minamisinriku fire station shell and destroyed town.JPG

minamisinriku making mochi with refugees for new years.JPG

minamisinriku making mochi with refugees for new years.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making for refugees.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making for refugees.JPG

minamisinriku manju survivors.JPG

minamisinriku manju survivors.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making for temp house refugees.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making for temp house refugees.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making survivors make traditional new year mochi.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making survivors make traditional new year mochi.JPG

minamisinriku new years survivors make traditional mochi cakes.JPG

minamisinriku new years survivors make traditional mochi cakes.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making survivors.JPG

minamisinriku mochi making survivors.JPG

minamisinriku remains city fire station where girl remained to carry out emergency PA announcement.J

minamisinriku remains city fire station where girl remained to carry out emergency PA announcement.J

minamisinriku remains of a town and their fire station.JPG

minamisinriku remains of a town and their fire station.JPG

minamisinriku temp housing mochi volunteers 2.JPG

minamisinriku temp housing mochi volunteers 2.JPG

minamisinriku survivors play BINGO everyone wins a prize.JPG

minamisinriku survivors play BINGO everyone wins a prize.JPG

murata kura family store.JPG

murata kura family store.JPG

murata kura interior two women interview.JPG

murata kura interior two women interview.JPG

naburi debris yamato fishing family 3.jpg

naburi debris yamato fishing family 3.jpg

naburi fisherman yamato smiles.jpg

naburi fisherman yamato smiles.jpg

naburi a shellfish diver looses equipment and receives donation.jpg

naburi a shellfish diver looses equipment and receives donation.jpg

naburi fisherman and son launch restored fishboat.jpg

naburi fisherman and son launch restored fishboat.jpg

naburi fishing family good bye.jpg

naburi fishing family good bye.jpg

naburi fishing family lean two MED.JPG

naburi fishing family lean two MED.JPG

naburi near okawa fishboat in debris.jpg

naburi near okawa fishboat in debris.jpg

naburi fishing family news of donation_.JPG

naburi fishing family news of donation_.JPG

naburi nearby a student comes home to temp housing kasetsu complex .JPG

naburi nearby a student comes home to temp housing kasetsu complex .JPG

naburi nearby temp housing complex kasetsu one of many in tohoku.JPG

naburi nearby temp housing complex kasetsu one of many in tohoku.JPG

naburi nearby temp emergency housing kasetsu.JPG

naburi nearby temp emergency housing kasetsu.JPG

naburi old photos of how their pre-disaster fishing coop.JPG

naburi old photos of how their pre-disaster fishing coop.JPG

naburi school nearby.JPG

naburi school nearby.JPG

naburi temp emergency shelter temple gym 2011.JPG

naburi temp emergency shelter temple gym 2011.JPG

naburi temp housing post office and social gathering spot with tanabata decorations.JPG

naburi temp housing post office and social gathering spot with tanabata decorations.JPG

naburi yamato family MED lean two.JPG

naburi yamato family MED lean two.JPG

naburi yamato fisherman in temp emerg shelter meeting 2011.JPG

naburi yamato fisherman in temp emerg shelter meeting 2011.JPG

naburi yamato fishing leader family in lean two beach.jpg

naburi yamato fishing leader family in lean two beach.jpg

naburi yamato fisherman mends net on beach lean two .JPG

naburi yamato fisherman mends net on beach lean two .JPG

natori jushi.JPG

natori jushi.JPG

natori koji san and daughter 2016.JPG

natori koji san and daughter 2016.JPG

natori kuma kids birthday cheers.JPG

natori kuma kids birthday cheers.JPG

natori kuma kids make rice krispie squares.JPG

natori kuma kids make rice krispie squares.JPG

natori kumi 2016.JPG

natori kumi 2016.JPG

Natori Kumi interview framegrab.jpg

Natori Kumi interview framegrab.jpg

natori kumi's shopping trip basket.JPG

natori kumi's shopping trip basket.JPG

natori jushi's judo dream.JPG

natori jushi's judo dream.JPG

natori linda with kuma family.JPG

natori linda with kuma family.JPG

nenoshiroishi students eat popcorn linda.JPG

nenoshiroishi students eat popcorn linda.JPG

okawa elementary school 2016.JPG

okawa elementary school 2016.JPG

Nenoshiroishi students make popcorn linda.JPG

Nenoshiroishi students make popcorn linda.JPG

okawa elementary school shrine.JPG

okawa elementary school shrine.JPG

okawa statue copy.jpg

okawa statue copy.jpg

onagawa bus on top of building.JPG

onagawa bus on top of building.JPG

onagawa bus on top of building rubble.JPG

onagawa bus on top of building rubble.JPG

onagawa drive past debris.JPG

onagawa drive past debris.JPG

onagawa driving into town debris.JPG

onagawa driving into town debris.JPG

onagawa fisheries manager kato,linda office shrine.jpg

onagawa fisheries manager kato,linda office shrine.jpg

onagawa driving to past ogatsu.JPG

onagawa driving to past ogatsu.JPG

onagawa fisheries kato and blue boxes donation.JPG

onagawa fisheries kato and blue boxes donation.JPG

onagawa Jeitai army.JPG

onagawa Jeitai army.JPG

onagawa nearby lost town 2011.JPG

onagawa nearby lost town 2011.JPG

onagawa rayko san 2016.JPG

onagawa rayko san 2016.JPG

onagawa lone man stands in debris looks at house.JPG

onagawa lone man stands in debris looks at house.JPG

onagawa linda my pup tent.JPG

onagawa linda my pup tent.JPG

onagawa tent kitchen brother sister.jpg

onagawa tent kitchen brother sister.jpg

onagawa tent refugee center rayko and linda.jpg

onagawa tent refugee center rayko and linda.jpg

onagawa rubble town center dump trucks.JPG

onagawa rubble town center dump trucks.JPG

onagawa tent refugee center, linda and pup tent.JPG

onagawa tent refugee center, linda and pup tent.JPG

onagawa tent refugee center july 2011.JPG

onagawa tent refugee center july 2011.JPG

onagawa tent refugee center.JPG

onagawa tent refugee center.JPG

onagawa tent refugees, jeitai, linda .JPG

onagawa tent refugees, jeitai, linda .JPG

onagawa town buildings wrecked.JPG

onagawa town buildings wrecked.JPG

onagawa town center destroyed buildings road.JPG

onagawa town center destroyed buildings road.JPG

onagawa town flattened monks pray.JPG

onagawa town flattened monks pray.JPG

onagawa town nearby ogatsu.JPG

onagawa town nearby ogatsu.JPG

onagawa town ruins everywhere flattened.JPG

onagawa town ruins everywhere flattened.JPG

onagawa town street ruined.JPG

onagawa town street ruined.JPG

Onagawa town wiped out WIDE shows hillside and hospital.JPG

Onagawa town wiped out WIDE shows hillside and hospital.JPG

onagawa travel through tohoku coastline.JPG

onagawa travel through tohoku coastline.JPG

road sign ishinomaki, kesenuma.JPG

road sign ishinomaki, kesenuma.JPG

sendai after snow mom and child walk.JPG

sendai after snow mom and child walk.JPG

sendai burning the old at new years.JPG

sendai burning the old at new years.JPG

sendai continues the new year traditions.JPG

sendai continues the new year traditions.JPG

sendai daruma group and hands circle.JPG

sendai daruma group and hands circle.JPG

sendai daruma hands circle.JPG

sendai daruma hands circle.JPG

sendai daruma project darumas handmade.JPG

sendai daruma project darumas handmade.JPG

sendai daruma project volunteers linda farewell.jpg

sendai daruma project volunteers linda farewell.jpg

sendai emergency practise 2.JPG

sendai emergency practise 2.JPG

sendai emergency practise earthquake simulator for people to try.JPG

sendai emergency practise earthquake simulator for people to try.JPG

sendai emergency practise for earthquakes.JPG

sendai emergency practise for earthquakes.JPG

sendai emergency practise lineup for earthquake simulator.JPG

sendai emergency practise lineup for earthquake simulator.JPG

sendai emergency practise.JPG

sendai emergency practise.JPG

sendai kasetsu women linda plant flowers.JPG

sendai kasetsu women linda plant flowers.JPG

sendai local emergency practise day in one area.JPG

sendai local emergency practise day in one area.JPG

sendai Nambu san volunteer.JPG

sendai Nambu san volunteer.JPG

sendai new years praying at shrine through snow.JPG

sendai new years praying at shrine through snow.JPG

sendai nenoshiroishi students presentation for me.JPG

sendai nenoshiroishi students presentation for me.JPG

sendai ohashi interview plays invisible shakuhachi framegrab.jpg

sendai ohashi interview plays invisible shakuhachi framegrab.jpg

sendai sakiko interview framegrab.jpg

sendai sakiko interview framegrab.jpg

sendai sakiko at table.JPG

sendai sakiko at table.JPG

sendai roadsign to matsushima.JPG

sendai roadsign to matsushima.JPG

sendai supporters.JPG

sendai supporters.JPG

sendai school choir sing furusato recording .jpg

sendai school choir sing furusato recording .jpg

sendai takanashi portrait.JPG

sendai takanashi portrait.JPG

sendai temporary housing kasetsu women.JPG

sendai temporary housing kasetsu women.JPG

sendai tohoku volunteers welcome linda.JPG

sendai tohoku volunteers welcome linda.JPG

sendai train station with name.JPG

sendai train station with name.JPG

sendai volunteers 2014.JPG

sendai volunteers 2014.JPG

sendai temporary refugee housing  .JPG

sendai temporary refugee housing .JPG

sendai xmas tree donated lights.JPG

sendai xmas tree donated lights.JPG

watari bringing in a catch of salmon.JPG

watari bringing in a catch of salmon.JPG

watari checking damage contaminated river mori fisherman, 2 boys, linda.JPG

watari checking damage contaminated river mori fisherman, 2 boys, linda.JPG

watari chef food safety checked forms.JPG

watari chef food safety checked forms.JPG

watari chef serves only certified safe food.JPG

watari chef serves only certified safe food.JPG

watari chef wife kimono sings.JPG

watari chef wife kimono sings.JPG

watari finding pieces of net.JPG

watari finding pieces of net.JPG

watari damaged fishboat remains.JPG

watari damaged fishboat remains.JPG

watari fish port catch on dock salmon catch.JPG

watari fish port catch on dock salmon catch.JPG

watari fishdock ohashi reflecting head down.JPG

watari fishdock ohashi reflecting head down.JPG

watari fisherman mori on knees with broken nets, broken heart mountain debris.JPG

watari fisherman mori on knees with broken nets, broken heart mountain debris.JPG

watari fisherman mori and nephew with nets.JPG

watari fisherman mori and nephew with nets.JPG

watari fisherman, linda, kuma kids check river.JPG

watari fisherman, linda, kuma kids check river.JPG

watari fishermen mori brothers look at their crumbled homes.jpg

watari fishermen mori brothers look at their crumbled homes.jpg

watari fishermen with broken nets and mountain gareki.jpg

watari fishermen with broken nets and mountain gareki.jpg

watari fishing families despair broken nets and mountain of debris.JPG

watari fishing families despair broken nets and mountain of debris.JPG

watari fishing family boat.JPG

watari fishing family boat.JPG

watari kastsu mochi make volunteers.JPG

watari kastsu mochi make volunteers.JPG

watari mori brothers fishermen walk at home crumbled.JPG

watari mori brothers fishermen walk at home crumbled.JPG

watari mori brothers on fishboat with linda.JPG

watari mori brothers on fishboat with linda.JPG

watari mori fisherman on knees eyes closed on broken nets.JPG

watari mori fisherman on knees eyes closed on broken nets.JPG

watari mori young fisherman interview framegrab.jpg

watari mori young fisherman interview framegrab.jpg

watari mountain of debris and nets.JPG

watari mountain of debris and nets.JPG

watari piles of debris and lost houses foundations.JPG

watari piles of debris and lost houses foundations.JPG

watari river construction.JPG

watari river construction.JPG

watari saito and dog .JPG

watari saito and dog .JPG

watari ushinoya chef certificate food safety for customers.JPG

watari ushinoya chef certificate food safety for customers.JPG

watari young mori fisherman, linda on boat.jpg

watari young mori fisherman, linda on boat.jpg

watari young mori fisherman on boat in harbor.JPG

watari young mori fisherman on boat in harbor.JPG

yuriage flowers left nowhere all gone.jpg

yuriage flowers left nowhere all gone.jpg

yuriage gone 2 statues for flowers prayers.JPG

yuriage gone 2 statues for flowers prayers.JPG

yuriage jrhi school march 11 memorial candles.JPG

yuriage jrhi school march 11 memorial candles.JPG

yuriage morotbike leftnew moon.jpg

yuriage morotbike leftnew moon.jpg

yuriage two statues flowers little prince.JPG

yuriage two statues flowers little prince.JPG

 

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