What is it like to live in the aftermath of disaster?
For the people of Fukushima, it means sleepless nights recalling the
punishing jolt and “Iron Wave” that ravaged their homes and families.
It means living in limbo and worrying about radiation contamination.
And yet post-disaster life also is a time to find new jobs, to raise children
and to carry on treasured community customs. This is what a group of
San Francisco State University students learned during a reporting trip
to Japan in August 2014.
These are the stories of the people of Fukushima who are challenging
the odds as if to declare, “We are here.”
Takahashi Fujiko works at Ka-Chan No Chikara, a cafe and boutique started to benefit people who were evacuated from Iitate village.
The Obon or Bon Festival in Japan is a three-day Buddhist festival honoring the spirits of ancestors through dance and music.
Fukushima University students and the Facing Fukushima group meet for the first time at the university.
A public health specialist warns that people are still dying in Fukushima Prefecture, but not from nuclear radiation.
Meet Masako Matate: self-proclaimed princess, wife, mother of four and survivor of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Chiba Katsuichi is part of a wave of individuals trying to help rebuild Fukushima. They hope to tap the famed hot springs for new resources.