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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fri, 23rd Sep. So the serious part of my journey began. The sky was clear and the sun was shining. It felt like autumn. Before we left Morioka, we met with Kanako-sensei one more time. She is now Deputy Head … Continue reading
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Hanamaki and the Sasakis Thur, 22nd Sep. After Hiraizumi we jumped on the expressway heading north towards Hanamaki (famous for its onsen) and Morioka. As a resident of the disaster area, Yuka had an official certificate in the glove box … Continue reading