Spring, 2016 - Journal from Akamae branch Vol. 2

We received the reports and photos from Mirai and Shunta Sagano from Akamae branch (Miyako, Iwate Prefecture). 

This theme is “The five years after the disaster”.

Second report is from Shunta.

 

3/11 Kids’ Photo Journal

photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal

The sea wall in Akamae has changed very much in the five years after the disaster happened.

It is being built higher and stronger than the previous one.

I do not know when it will be finished, but I believe the new sea wall will protect us, even if

the same size disaster happens.

 

photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal
photo by ©Shunta Sagano /Iwate/311 Kids' Photo Journal

I have been taking photos of the baseball ground since I started the activity of KPJ.

But it has not changed even after five years.

The baseball ground has not changed but the vegetation inside the ground has been changing.

I could see how vegetation has also been revitalizing not only the building as I have been taking photos these five years.

 

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"My feelings five years after the disaster. "

 

It is the fifth years since The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred.

I feel these five years has been long and also feel they have been short too.

Because I think Akamae has not changed much after five years.

 

When the disaster happened the rubble was scattered and the sea wall has been destroyed.

And now the building of the sea wall has started.

The baseball ground, where I have been taking photos since I started KPJ activity, shows no sign of starting construction work despite the rebuilding announcement.

 

What I notice here five years after the disaster, is there are many things that have not changed in the disaster area.

 

I am not sure what defines "revival".  

I cannot tell that it has been revived until the outlook of the affected area has changed from the status at the time of the disaster.

 

It is a good thing to spend the money on the Tokyo Olympics but I want the government not to forget the people in affected area.

 

Shunta Sagano, 15 years old / Akamae, Miyako (3/11 Kids’ Photo Journal)

 

 

English translation: Kazuyo Kitada

English proofreading: Peter Schonstein