Body recovery in Japan
I was up in Sendai three days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, and saw two cities: the Sendai that was hard-hit by the fourth largest earthquake in recorded history, and which survived – amazingly – nearly intact, and the Sendai near the ocean, which was completely demolished by the tsunami that followed the quake, with tremendous loss of life.
I shot these photographs in "tsunami Sendai," in the Wakabayashi District, where teams of firefighters were working to locate and recovery bodies. These two men were part of a team from Masuda City in Shimane Prefecture, a long, long way from Sendai. I've taken a bit of license with my translation, to distill their conversation down to its essence.
How to get involved
There are nearly half a million refugees up and down Japan’s northeast coast. They are in desperate need of food, water, fuel, and clothing. To offer assistance, please consider donating to the following aid organizations:
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).