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.”
The battle to save Fukushima’s most famous fruit. If there’s one thing that Fukushima is famous for, it’s peaches.
Student Lorisa Salvatin hosted a Japanese high schooler for the weekend through the Tomadachi Softbank Summer Leadership Program.
William McMichael hopes to rebuild the image of the prefecture, with much help from Fukushima University students.
Nobou Kano, 58, from Namie was diagnosed with heart disease from the stress following the tsunami.
Chikara Ara nearly lost everything when the tsunami hit in 2011. Fortunately, he had this camera with him.
Takahashi Kenkichi is head of the Onodai temporary housing district, home to many evacuees of the tsunami.