【However Far Away】

Toya is a fifth grade elementary school student who has been evacuated from a village in a valley in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, to Fukuyama in Hiroshima prefecture. The area in which Toya lived

Kota, from Iwaki, writing down what was going on to him and his family at the time of the   earthquake.
Kota, from Iwaki, writing down what was going on to him and his family at the time of the earthquake.
With a serious look Toya, from Fukushima, reads his letter from Kota.
With a serious look Toya, from Fukushima, reads his letter from Kota.

When talking with Toya’s grandmother, she said that although 3 months have passed since Toya moved he has not attempted to make friends in Hiroshima because he cares so much about his friends and school in Iwaki. Toya has been separated from his best friend, Kota. So, I met Kota, who told me he had written a letter, thinking of his friend far away in Hiroshima.

 

As a child I repeatedly moved every 2-3 years and felt that not forgetting about friends from the past is a considerable challenge. I wanted to somehow help support the two boys’ friendship. If only this situation could be documented, not from the outside like myself but expressed from the inside…. With that in mind, I approached Toya and Kota and said, “Let’s do the Kids Photo Journal together”.

 

3/11 Kids Photo Journal

Ko Sasaki

 

Translation: Emily Kyoko Snowden