Tsunami Cleanup Memories

Today is the second anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, and for this occasion I have put many of my memories from tsunami cleanup work into a drawing (click the image to see the high-resolution version). This is not a real landscape, I have combined many things (some of which I’ve blogged about before) intoContinue reading “Tsunami Cleanup Memories”

Tsunami Memorials

On July 25, The Japan Times published an article “Tsunami-hit structures eyed as memorials“, which discussed the different opinions people have on whether to preserve some damaged buildings and other ruins left behind by the tsunami on March 11, 2011. I want to use this opportunity to give my opinion on the matter. From theContinue reading “Tsunami Memorials”

One Year Ago…

…I was crouching on the floor in my laboratory at Tohoku University, feeling the ground shake violently, watching the walls shift, shelves break and things fall down. When the earthquake finally stopped, everyone asked “大丈夫?” (Japanese for “Are you OK?”) while coming out of the places where they had taken cover. Fortunately nobody in theContinue reading “One Year Ago…”