In the middle of summer holidays. The first weekend of August 2016, 3/11, KPJ staff went to Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate to meet the correspondent kids. We had not met them for a long time, so we could see they are grown-up and we spent treasured time with them.
The first day, the morning of 6th August 2016, we saw Hiroki Kanno and went together to Iitate-mura where he was born.
Hiroki has left KPJ activity when he graduated High School but he is still taking photos of his hometown by himself.
The whole area of Iitate-mura has been ordered to evacuate by the government.
However, the government announced to them that it is going to lift the order on 31st March 2017 except for the "difficult-to-return zone" which has high radioactivity.
Hiroki's grandparents are now busy sorting out and preparing to live back in the village from next spring.
Also on this day, his grandfather was working in his house of Iitate-mura from early morning.
Hiroki took photos of himself in front of his grandfather's house and scenery near his house.
At Iitate-mura village the decontamination work was still continuing.
We saw many trucks operating, workers and a lot of flexible storage bags with contaminated soil.
When Hiroki send us the report and photos we will upload them to our blog.
Please look forward to it.
3/11 Kids' Photo Journal
This is Hiroki setting up a self-portrait of himself and his grandfather.
He is receiving some advice from two photographers.
Checking a position for self-portrait.
After pressing the shutter button he moved to the position he planned.
He is always calm and never rushes or runs.
At the house in Iitate-mura. This is horigotatsu (sunken table with heater) made by grandfather.
Hiroki taking a photo of the local guardian god on the hill at the back of grandfather’s house.
Hiroki taking a photo of the Hiso district in Iitate-mura.
The Hiso district in Iitate-mura.
After photographing, we had lunch which was tasty and easy on the body at “Fuu to Boku” in Fukushima city.
Here Hiroki downloaded his photos of the day to the computer and talked with the photographer.
By the way, "Fuu to Boku" is a beautiful cafe gallery run by the grandparents of Tanji brothers who used to be KPJ reporters until the spring of 2016.
We didn't plan to go to the cafe but we happened to see Motoki (older brother).
It was such a happy coincidence.
3/11 Kids' Photo Journal
English translation: Kazuyo Kitada
English proofreading: Peter Schonstein