Day 39: Ogatsu, Miyagi to Rikuzentakata, Iwate

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Firstly I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone in Ogatsu who looked after me, especially Midori. お世話になりました.
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Route 45 is my least favourite kind of road. Short sharp ascents followed by short sharp descents. However, today the road was irrelevant. I cycled up the coast for 100km and with every descent into a new valley came sights of total destruction. Standing in the middle of what was once Minamisanriku town and seeing nothing but foundations, weeds and a couple of empty concrete shells was difficult to say the least. The coastline is beautiful but I couldn’t look at the sea without feeling as though it was sinister in someway. I don’t know how locals could see it differently, perhaps that is why so many have moved away. Not through fear but through anger and betrayal. Here are some photos from today:
Ogatsu Bay

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A shrine without a shrine

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An empty shell

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A temporary shopping center

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Temporary homes in a school car park

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3 responses to “Day 39: Ogatsu, Miyagi to Rikuzentakata, Iwate

  1. Difficult to process. Must make you very aware of how worthwhile and important your chosen project is. Xxx

  2. This is a great post, Danny. I enjoy reading these and getting a glimpse of how the region is doing. Keep it up, son.

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