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Day five – Ohtsuchi. People & Places.

Sun. 25th Sep. It is already two months since I returned from Iwate and I believe the time for dwelling on the destruction is over. Instead, I’d like to focus on the future and what I can do to help … Continue reading

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Day five – My house and other memories

Sun. 25th Sep. From Shiroyama I could also make out the rough location of the ‘duplex’ were I had lived for 2 years in Ohtsuchi. It had only been one block from the main road but was in the midst … Continue reading

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Day Five – Fond Farewell and Thank You

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Sun. 25th Sep. After the brief euphoria of the festival, I headed for a more somber meeting with the daughter of my Ohtsuchi Okasan who died in the tsunami. Ogawa-san had been a friend of my Kamaishi homestay family, and … Continue reading

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interlude – Ohtsuchi Festival 1992 (#2)

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I received a shipment  of belongings from Japan on the weekend which included this great photo from Ohtsuchi Festival in Sep. 1992 of me carrying the shrine in the sea. Up until this year the festival Omikoshi ‘parade’ finished by … Continue reading

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interlude – Ohtsuchi Festival 1992

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23rd Sep. 1992. One of my best memories of Ohtsuchi (the first time round) was the Autumn Festival in 1992 (exactly 19 years to the day prior to my visit this year). I was invited to participate in the Omikoshi … Continue reading

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Day five – Ohtsuchi Festival (an unexpected surprise)

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Sun. 25th Sep. I made my way over to Ohtsuchi early on Sunday morning. This was the day I both looked forward to and dreaded the most. However, I was taken by surprise when I first arrived as the Autumn … Continue reading

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Day four – Downtown Kamaishi

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Sat, 24th Sep. After breakfast, Yuka and I headed back out into the downtown area to have a look around. Badly damaged building and car with view of port beyond View through the ground floor of a ravaged building Crushed … Continue reading

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Day four – Early morning at Kamaishi Port

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Sat, 24th Sep. It was a gloriously sunny morning just like I remembered the Sanriku Coast of old. I was up before dawn and headed down to Kamaishi port. It was a matter of a few hundred yards from the … Continue reading

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Day three (part 3) – Arrival in Ohtsuchi and Kamaishi

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Fri, 23rd Sep. As we exited the Kiri Kiri Tunnel and descended into Ohtsuchi proper the light was already beginning to fade but there were a few beams of twilight sunshine casting an eerie glow in the absence of any … Continue reading

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Day three (part 2) – The Coast (Miyako to Namiita)

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Fri, 23rd Sep. From Jodogahama we headed back into the centre of Miyako and then turned onto Route 45 south heading for Kamaishi just over 50 miles away. Route 45. A frustratingly beautiful, winding road which hugs the coast from … Continue reading

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