For an economy such as Japan’s, the expectations of recovery are high. But while resilience is firm in people to continue on and survive despite the odds, there are some things that indeed prove the reality that every one and every thing has a limitation. For some areas, life is slowly on its way to normalcy, but for many, the rubble brought about by the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake still lingers all around.
In Kesennuma, one of the cities that were hit the hardest, seafood processing factories have been restored. Local businesses such as sushi restaurants and karaoke bars have reopened in a provisional shopping mall. In Ishinomaki, wholesalers return to usual trade at a re-opened fish market. Mostly those on higher ground, local communities are regenerating, recovering from a disaster that took the lives of nearly 19,000 people and caused the world’s worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. But the memories do not fade easily.
In many other parts of the region, the debris still remains. What’s worse is that many do not know how to proceed. Do they go back to their homes and rebuild their communities? Or do they start anew some place else? Many fear that it could take decades before some areas could be livable again. AFP photographer Toshifumi Kitamura, who was witness to what the disaster brought on, said he had expected to see more progress. “I was shocked to see how slow the pace of reconstruction was two years after the tsunami hit the region.” He added, “Returning here, I remembered the fear that I felt when I was here two years ago. I remember thinking how if I had been here on the day the tsunami struck, I would probably have died.”
[via Huffington Post]