Monday, 13 April 2015

Four years later

This is Rikuzentakata four years after the tsunami. As viewed from Capital Hotel 1000, the only building around.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Living in a box

Here's my latest watercolour from last weekend's trip to Tohoku. This here is a temporary home "camp" on high ground in Rikuzentakata  which was nearly wiped out in the tsunami. Each row houses five families. Reminded me of living in terraces in England, with all the advantages and disadvantages of living so close to each other. 

Fresh tuna

Willpower (and remembering to set your alarm) can do amazing things. Thus armed, Our Man managed to roam the bits of Kesennuma scarred by the tsunami at 5:30am last Saturday. This is the result: an ink and watercolour sketch of a tsunami-gutted building that was  being used as a warehouse for tuna. How long the boxes of fresh tuna had been in the building, Our Man couldn't say, but he found the place worthy of sketching. It's all very symbolic: The plucky fishing town that was adapting to life after the tsunami by carrying on regardless; or the doomed town living in the past, on course for extinction, just like the fish. Take your pick.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Back from Tohoku

Our Man is still processing what he saw up in Tohoku. Trying to summarise what is going on for folk in Kesennuma, Rikuzentakata and Ishinomaki is beyond Our Man's ability at present, just because their experiences are so varied and Our Man's time in Tohoku so short.

All he can do is write up his notes and post some of his pictures. There will be an ebook (and may well be a paper book too) in time. Meanwhile, here's his first watercolour of a warehouse standing in the middle of the tsunami zone of Kesennuma, a beautiful fishing port that is doing its best to carry on despite the chasms in its skyline.