Day 5: Around the Kyu-Kita-Kami River

August 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

Before I start this post, I wanted to thank all of you that have been taking a look at this blog. I’ve been getting views from all over the world, in 25 countries including Japan, USA, Argentina, Ireland, France, Australia, etc. My purpose is to share the stories of Ishinomaki to as many people as I can. Everyone has a different story which wasn’t on mainstream news, of how the ground shook so much that they couldn’t stay standing up, how they couldn’t reach their family members for days so¬†they walked in the water waist deep to search for them, how they spent days without food or water on top of a roof, how they got caught in the water and climbed on to a floating car. We live in a world where internet makes everything accessible, so I am trying to share the stories that I heard face to face from the survivors of the 3-11 earthquake/tsunami. They are so brave and positive, such beautiful souls. I’m just a messenger.

Riho showing the Taiyaki store owner the picture from last year.

The owner was very happy to see that we came back. He even gave us 2 free taiyakis!

We visited the Taiyaki (Japanese dessert) shop that Riho went to last year. I guess this store was the only thing opened in this area so Riho was happy to see that it’s still in business. And it was the best Taiyaki I’ve ever had!

By the river.

Broken boat port.

There’s a lot of areas along the river that hasn’t been repaired yet.

Riho taking a break.

Bridge being repaired.

This bridge is called Nishi-Naikai Bashi. This bridge is used by many people so it is in the middle of reconstruction. One side of the sidewalk is completely closed so it was kind of scary riding our bikes alongside cars on such a narrow bridge.

Cats!

I think I have a cat radar. Last year, I didn’t see any stray cats. But now they’re starting to appear again. This made me happy.

Downtown Recovery/Reconstruction Market

There was a little market place down the street where all the shops that were ruined by the tsunami got together. They’re in trailers so this is temporary, but it’s nice to see that they’re open for business already.

Gallery in the cafeteria.

Inside their cafeteria, they had pictures of before/after pictures of the town. In attendance were many tourists from all over Japan.

Anpanman

This is a drawing of Anpanman, a very popular kids anime. The theme song translates to “Do not fear, for everyone. Love and courage is your only friend.” Even though it is a kids song, it was played a lot last year while volunteering. It sent out a positive message to everyone.

Encouraging message on a bench.

All over town, there are signs or ads of words of encouragement. “We are cheering for your energy/spirits!”

Japanese Flag.

Land of the Rising Sun.

Next to this play set was a Japanese flag waving in the wind. Though it was ripped, it was still standing strong.

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