With a long flight from the U.S. to Tokyo behind us, a nights stroll through the streets to try some local cuisine, another day of preparation and of course that first couple restless nights sleep we all know so well when traversing timezones and we’re off to Date City today.
In a few hours we’ll board a train to travel north to a place violently devastated by the triad disaster which struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Towns and people along the coast were instantly stripped of their landscapes, buildings, roads and livelihoods by an earthquake and the tsunami that followed in it’s wake. The third element of the disaster, most would argue the worst — contamination from radiation released by the failure of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring Fukashima City and the next day touring some of the physically marked areas of devastation along the coast of Soma City, Minamisoma City and end the day in the Tsukidate area of Date City and the decontamination orchard area Hana Kobo.
All-in-all a grim reminder of why we’re here, but we go with optimism knowing we have something to offer, something that can possibly help speed the recovery of this vital region.