Day 39: Ogatsu, Miyagi to Rikuzentakata, Iwate

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.



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

A shrine without a shrine


An empty shell

A temporary shopping center


Temporary homes in a school car park



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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