Day 8, Mar 7, Tagajo-Matsushima 多賀城-松島

Tagajo (多賀城) is a satellite city of Sendai. It is very populated from here to Shiogama (塩竈). The area was flooded, but the streets look very normal now. It’s not quite like Tokyo, but you can tell people are busy, walking fast, and minding their own business. I asked a woman to film. She declined…

Day 7, Mar 6, Natori-Tagajo 名取-多賀城

It was a windy day. At some point it felt like a hurricane. Kind of scary and difficult to walk. It flurried from time to time. The wind chill made it the coldest day so far. For the first time I put on my gloves, neck warmer, and ear cover. I felt alright.  風の強い一日だった。途中でほとんどハリケーンのようになった。少し怖い感じで、歩くのも困難だった。ときどき雪もちらついた。強い風のせいで体感温度がかなり下がって、これまでで一番寒い日になった。ここに来てから初めて手袋とネックウォーマーとイヤーマフをつけたが、それらをつけると、よし大丈夫だという気になった。 I…

Day 6, Mar 5th, Sendai 仙台

I took a maintenance break today. My shoulder and back were really sore. My knees felt rusted. Overall I was ok. I continued to work, nonetheless, spending all morning on writing and photos. I made a short train ride to Sendai in the afternoon. I was scheduled to meet with Sotaro Okamoto, curator at the…

Day 5, Mar 4, Watari-Natori 亘理-名取

Izumi said he wanted to help today. I was not sure what he meant. I didn’t want to bother him again, so I left without telling him. The weather was sunny and cool. The area has a rubber factory and a paper mill. The smell reminded me of Savannah, Georgia, where I spent my first…

Day 4, Mar 3, Yamamoto-Watari, 山元-亘理

Izumi and I met at the flattened train station. He brought a friend, Kohma (光馬), with him. “Please call me shining horse”, he said and laughed. It’s the literal translation of the Kanji characters. We took some footage at the empty platform. The steel posts collapsed on the ground like straws by the sheer force…

Day 3, Mar 2nd, Soma-Yamamoto 相馬-山元

I could hear the raindrop on the front porch all night long, and it did drizzle all day today. Temperature was 37°F (3°C). Not bad compared to the U.S. Midwest back home. The walk was manageable in general. The waterproof gears performed well, considering I was out in the open for 5 hours without a…