No52 [SERIES] The will to live never fades away

Oka Yasufumi uses flowers to bring colour back to the region. Unenthusiastic about taking over his parents’ shop, young Oka Yasufumi nevertheless became a florist. Since the disastrous earthquake of 11 March 2011, the region of Ishinomaki has become a shadow of its former self. Though food, clothi[...]
No.51 NEWS

No51 [SERIES] A book lest we forget

The testimony was imagined and created by the city’s junior and senior high school students. After five years of work, the town’s students have put the final touches to a document for future generations. Six years have past since the 2011 earthquake. With the progress of the reconstruction w[...]

No50 [EXPERIENCE] Pokemon rules

To revive their tourist industries, some local councils have enlisted the help of the game Pokemon GO – with mixed results. Last year, from the 12th to the 22nd of November, an event based on the globally successful game Pokemon GO took place in the vicinity of Nakase Park in Ishinomaki, in an[...]
Chugoku-shinbun, Hiroshima

No49[PRESS] Courage on a daily basis

Opened in 1969, the current headquarters of Chugoku Shimbun faces the Peace Memorial Park. For 125 years the Chugoku Shimbun has served the population, with whom they’ve shared both the good times and the bad. If there’s one word to describe Hiroshima, “courage” would undoubtedly be the most[...]

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[...]
Ishinomaki, tohoku

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[...]