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紙垂 (Purification and Blessing)
       
     
紫陽花 (Hydrangeas)
       
     
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炎 (Flame)
       
     
The Owner of Hidemaru-ya Gift Shop
       
     
Tsunami Line at Hidemaru-ya Gift Shop
       
     
漁船 (Fishing boat)
       
     
網 (Fishing Nets)
       
     
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日の丸 (Land of the rising sun)
       
     
世界人類が平和でありますように (May Peace Prevail on Earth)
       
     
ミカちゃん (Mika)
       
     
自由の女神 (Statue of Liberty)
       
     
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女神 (Goddess)
       
     
石巻ペットセンター (Ishinomaki Pet Center)
       
     
牡鹿半島 (Oshika Hantou)
       
     
サンフアンバチスタパーク (San Juan Bautista Park)
       
     
芽生 (New leaf)
       
     
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追悼集会 (Candlelight Vigil)
       
     
海 (Ocean)
       
     
Artist Statement
       
     
Artist Statement
紙垂 (Purification and Blessing)
       
     
紙垂 (Purification and Blessing)
紫陽花 (Hydrangeas)
       
     
紫陽花 (Hydrangeas)

Kadonowaki-cho, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.
Since 3-11, the clean up progressed massively as local workers and volunteers came from around the world. The residents of Kadonowaki-cho was told by the government that they cannot live there anymore due to the Article 39 and 84 of the Building Standard Law, as it prohibits housing and reconstruction in certain areas that dealt with great tsunami damage. Many houses in the area seems as though it could fall apart any day, or cleaned up with the foundation of the house left behind.

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炎 (Flame)
       
     
炎 (Flame)

All of Miyagi prefecture was affected by the earthquake, not just by the tsunami that followed few hours after. Many towns sent their condolences and celebrated the lost lives of their loved ones at a candle vigil.

The Owner of Hidemaru-ya Gift Shop
       
     
The Owner of Hidemaru-ya Gift Shop

Chuo, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Unlike most of the people that I met, the owner of Hidemaru-ya did not aestheticize the recovery effort. She wasn’t negative about it, but rather realistic. “The recovery/reconstruction isn’t in the near future.” She said with lines between her eyebrows, “We’ve become so dependent on other people, especially volunteers. We can’t be like this forever.” She said she felt like she was going crazy after losing her store. Her store sold yarn and knitting products. “I can’t just do nothing. I told myself I must become independent.” And that’s why she started a whole new venue making souvenir t-shirts. She felt that with volunteers and tourists coming into Ishinomaki, she could let them take a memory of Ishinomaki with them by selling these shirts.

 

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Tsunami Line at Hidemaru-ya Gift Shop

On the window of the gift shop, there is a mark of where the water line rose up to. Many people that I met in Ishinomaki kept the water line in their homes as a reminder of what mother nature can do, how they survived it, and what they can learn from it. 

 

漁船 (Fishing boat)
       
     
漁船 (Fishing boat)

Minatomachi, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Fishing is the main industry in Ishinomaki. Surrounded by water, the coast used to be filled with boats and fishermen. The tsunami destroyed a total of 25,008 boats according to the Fishery Agency. Many were found on land, and plenty offshore that ended up on American coasts.

網 (Fishing Nets)
       
     
網 (Fishing Nets)

Minatomachi, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture

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日の丸 (Land of the rising sun)
       
     
日の丸 (Land of the rising sun)

Nakaze, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Though the disaster took a toll on everyone, they hope to restore the joy for kids to play again in these playgrounds.

世界人類が平和でありますように (May Peace Prevail on Earth)
       
     
世界人類が平和でありますように (May Peace Prevail on Earth)

Hiyoriyama-Jinja, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Hiyoriyama is a mountain that overlooks the coast of Ishinomaki Bay. On top of the mountain is the Hiyoriyama Temple with a "peace pole" that says "May Peace Prevail on Earth". This was planted on its ground after the disaster. The priest of the temple gathered people to offer a prayer to those affected by the tsunami.

ミカちゃん (Mika)
       
     
ミカちゃん (Mika)
自由の女神 (Statue of Liberty)
       
     
自由の女神 (Statue of Liberty)

Nakaze, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
28 ft tall replica of the Statue of Liberty, which was created in Spring of 2010 as a tourist attraction, still stands with half of her body missing from the Tsunami. The residents say that she is looking out to the sea, protecting Ishinomaki. 

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女神 (Goddess)
       
     
女神 (Goddess)
石巻ペットセンター (Ishinomaki Pet Center)
       
     
石巻ペットセンター (Ishinomaki Pet Center)

Shintate, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.
“Having pets is a luxury. It’s not for survival so we don’t have customers anymore. Businesses like insurance, constructions, automobiles, homes, and grocery stores are doing just fine. But stores like us, pet stores or fishing supplies, they’re hobbies. So to get by, we started a traveling zoo. A lot of events and schools have us come and bring our animals. They want the children to smile and be happy, and animals have the power to do that.”

牡鹿半島 (Oshika Hantou)
       
     
牡鹿半島 (Oshika Hantou)
サンフアンバチスタパーク (San Juan Bautista Park)
       
     
サンフアンバチスタパーク (San Juan Bautista Park)
芽生 (New leaf)
       
     
芽生 (New leaf)
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追悼集会 (Candlelight Vigil)
       
     
追悼集会 (Candlelight Vigil)
海 (Ocean)
       
     
海 (Ocean)

Nagahama, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Regardless of the tragedy of 3-11, there were locals coming back to the shores of Ishinomaki. Tomomi, a Ishinomaki native said "I love the ocean, no matter what. It soothes my soul. I've listened to the sound of the waves all my life so it's hard to hate something I've loved all my life."