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.”
Nanako Imai, a Fukushima University student, shares her experience of the earthquake and how she sees the positives of the disaster.
Namie remains a ghost town even three and a half years after the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown.
Women from Tomioka share what happened, before, during, and after the disaster.
A poem by student Lorisa Salvatin.