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Published: July 24th 2011
Today is our last day traveling through disaster zones.
We took a train, then a taxi into Sendai, Japan from our hotel. The taxi driver drove us into a business complex, located near the ocean in Sendai.
Buildings were demolished to the ground, only a handful of structures survived. Driving through the streets we saw bicycles mangled together, a trumpet laying on top of debris, jeans displaced and a statue that survived the tsunami. The statue formed into a shrine created by locals.
People came to the shrine and left a small porcelain Japanese cup with tea inside it, green tea I believe. Also, two fresh and vibrant bouquets of flowers were placed on the floor of the shrine, a stuffed animals and other items people placed. A bouquet of wilted flowers laid amidst the debris, to the right of the shrine.
Ocean water filled holes in the ground and parts of the road were ripped apart from the earthquake. It was shocking to see water still inland, in places it did not belong. The ocean wrapped itself along part of the street and floated along with rooftops and debris carried with it.
We had originally
come to this place to find a church, or at least the location where the church once was. Since the disaster, the pastor of the church has continued his church service, but without the comfort of their walls or furniture. Square blocks and wood pallets make up a few benches for people to sit on. A white cross stands tall behind the pastor's make-shift podium. Despite not having any walls, structure, or furniture, people continue attending mass on Sundays.
We didn't see any people there except the relief, construction and military workers. We saw no civilians walking the grounds except Fukiko, the taxi driver and myself.
After spending days seeing city, after city, damaged, I was searching for a light at the end of the tunnel. I began trying to have fun taking photos and looking at things through a different angle in my camera, capturing the pieces art that was left behind from the waves.
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