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No48 [Report] The new battle of Okinawa

Despite the challenges, residents peacefully demonstrate to stop the work continuing. For many years, residents have opposed the American bases and their expansion here. All their attempts have been in vain so far. As a Buddhist drum sounds, everyone sits down as though participating in a ritual. Ar[...]
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No47 [Series] The ending of a temporary set-up

Set up on a former parking lot, the temporary shopping centre closed down at the end of October. The closure of a shopping centre built in the aftermath of the 2011 disaster signals the start of a new chapter for Ishinomaki. In late October the “Tatemachi human-scale shopping centre for the recons[...]

No46 [Series] The final curtain for Hana House

The farewell ceremony concluded with a large banquet shared by many residents. After more than five years of loyal good service, this community café has closed. It is time to pay it a fitting tribute. The end of September saw the closure of Hana House, a community cafe where, after the 2011 earthqu[...]

No45 [Series] The hospital’s wounds healed

Five years after its destruction, a hospital has reopened its doors in the heart of a port city. The Ishinomaki Municipal Hospital located in the district of Minamihama suffered severe damage during the earthquake of 2011. Almost completely destroyed, it was rebuilt near the station, 2km from the se[...]

No44 [Series] Bad days for the fishermen

Despite concerted attempts to revive production, the fishing industry still faces setbacks. Rich in minerals, sea squirts, or ‘sea pineapples’ as they are called in Japan, get their name from their appearance. The preferred way to serve these delicacies of the sea is as sashimi accompanied with [...]

No43 [Series] New trains lead to revival

A year after service resumed on the Senseki line between Sendai and Ishinomaki, the revival of the area is now in full swing. The 2011 North-East Japan tsunami had badly damaged the Senseki railway line between the stations at Nobiru and Tona, meaning that many connections were maintained by buses b[...]

No42 [Series] Ishinomaki is fishing for youth

The municipality is trying to encourage more young people to take up careers in fishing. In Japan there is a serious lack of people wanting to work in agriculture. Although the fishing industry in the Sanriku coastal region of Ishinomaki has known great success in the past, over the past few decades[...]

No41[Series] In favour of multiculturalism

No less than 32 nationalities live in Ishinomaki. This presents a great opportunity if the city knows how to take advantage of it. After the earthquake, the slogan “helping oneself” spread across Japan to encourage people to protect and look after their own safety and wellbeing. However, the ide[...]

No40 [Series] Ishinomaki’s recipe for success

After attempting to start a new life elsewhere, many are returning to their hometowns to take part in their renewal. In the region around Ishinomaki, laid waste by the earthquake of 2011, there were those who left after losing everything. However, there are also those who have been coming back to he[...]