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Around Coastal Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Monday 4 June 2012

This video documents a brief visit to Miyagi Prefecture a year after the devastating 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Like everyone else I was moved by the images of the tsunami on the news, yet I never imagined that a year later I would be visiting the region. I made this video to share a little of what I saw that day.

This was the first day of my first trip to Japan. I was a guest of Kaori Nakayama and the Theatre Planning Network. We started early in Tokyo taking the Shinkansen to Sendai to meet Takako Ofuji. In the afternoon Takako drove Kaori and I around Ojika Peninsula’s coastal towns, before visiting Ishinomaki on the way back to Sendai. Monday 4 June 2012 was a long, emotionally draining yet extraordinary day on my trip to Japan, and one that I will never forget. I am grateful to my hosts and the people of Miyagi who made me feel so welcome that day.


3 days in Japan as a guest of the Theatre Planning Network

This article was published in Theatre & Policy by the Theatre Planning Network, Japan, 20 August 2012.  Published in Japanese, translated by Kaori Nakayama.


After The Tsunami: Guest Post on VCA Blog

24 Hours in Miyagi Prefecture

My host Kaori Nakayama of the Japan Arts Council and coordinator of Theatre Planning Network and I are on the Shinkansen Super-Express to Sendai. We are on our way to meet Takako Ofuji, co-founder of Volunteer Info, a charity created to coordinate communication about the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The bullet train gets us to Sendai by noon and we start on our seven-hour drive around the Ojika Peninsula’s coastal towns devastated by the tsunami.

We stopped first at one of the many scores of refugee camps dotted around the north-east of Miyagi Prefecture and briefly met some of the families there. Takako is working with Kaori to organise drama projects with the women living in the camps who have young children; many of whom are finding the geographic and emotional dislocation from their families and previous lives traumatic. The temporary accommodation is small and crowded but well designed. The many thousands of people who find themselves here after being displaced from their homes now constitute a distinct new community.

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