It was March 11th, 2011 in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan. The day an earthquake rocked, a tsunami engulfed, and a nuclear power plant went into meltdown.
I am an explorer of the abandoned world. I search for remnants of what we leave behind when we relegate things to decay. I have explored many locations with sad tales and dark histories. I experience a wide range of emotions when I explore forgotten places, as I attempt to document the forgotten world. I immerse myself in the story of each location, in an attempt to present photos with context. Sometimes this is a happy partnership, other times it may uncover a painful past.
Nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming emotions I felt when I visited the disaster-stricken Fukushima region of Japan in 2019. Even a decade after the incident, the area bears the scars of that day.
I would like to share one story with you, that affected me the most. Of the several places I explored in Fukushima, there is one that sticks in my mind.
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The Chevrolet Impala Ss Looks Like It Would Still Run If The Owner Ever Returns
Abigail Johnson2 weeks ago
As I stood in an abandoned school gym, I could see the Pacific Ocean only a few hundred meters away. Beautiful and calm when I visited. On March 11th, 2011 the staff made a brave decision. As the tsunami warning sirens sounded, protocol dictated they remain inside. The tsunami wall should protect them, or so it was thought. For some reason, perhaps some intuition, the staff decided instead to evacuate. Their decision undoubtedly saved the lives of the 82 students and all 15 staff members. On this day, the tsunami breached the seawall and struck the school.
I could not help but think that many other schools did not escape the unstoppable tsunami, that many more stories had a much more tragic end.#2
Everywhere You Can See Nature Swallowing Houses And Vehicles, The Things Left Behind When The People Fled
Mary Rose Kent2 weeks ago
The School Stands Only A Few Hundred Meters From The Sea Front. The Floor Of The Sports Hall Has Collapsed In The Decade Since It Was Abandoned
F. H.2 weeks ago
Although Most Of The Supermarket Is Dark, A Long Skylight Illuminates The Front Of The Store
Aragorn II Elessar2 weeks ago
This Abandoned Pachinko Hall Would Once Have Been A Hive Of Activity. Pachinko Is A Popular Japanese Arcade Game
EoN.Kronos2 weeks ago
Tarmac Is Cracked And Weeds Grow Everywhere At This Abandoned Car Dealership
M O’Connell2 weeks ago
As Re-Inhabitation Of Fukushima Begins, Perhaps These Gaming Halls Will Come Back To Life Once More
Mary Rose Kent2 weeks ago
I am Janine, an outgoing English girl living in Manchester. I am a scientist, photographer, blogger and all-round geek. I am also a travel addict!I travel the world in search of abandoned relics and lost treasures. I have an insatiable drive to document these amazing decaying places, before they disappear forever. My goal is to always present images alongside historical write-ups. I think exploring the stories of these places gives important context to these images.Please click the “Contact” link to view my website/social media links, or contact me directly. Read more »Show All Contributors
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