Japan Disaster: Nobiru Devastation 1 of 2

8 years ago by in Travel

I rode up to Sendai from Tachikawa with a fellow photographer friend, Jensen Walker. Gasoline is a very scarce resource, so we had around 30 gallons of gas in portable containers in the car to make sure we could get up and back without running out.

Jensen had to meet up with a client, so I jumped out with my gear and started hitchhiking. I traveled up to some hard-hit areas, hitch-hiking from city-to-city, sleeping in abandoned buildings and digging bottles of juice out of the mud when I ran out of water to drink.

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A stranger told me there was a lot of damage in a place called Nobiru located in Higashi-Matsushima. A family who stopped to give me a ride were able to drop me off in Nobiru.

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The earth stank of petroleum – I suppose from all the leaked automobile fluids.

Nobiru Post Office

Nobiru Post Office

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Nobiru Post Office






Many people survived in the second-floor of their home, as the first floor was washed away.


Nobiru Train Station
Nobiru Train Station
Nobiru Train Station

Station Masters Office

Nobiru Train Station

This car contained a Styrofoam container with food, beverages, a bunch of bananas and some bedding. It was clear they had backed to escape, but weren’t fast enough. I don’t know if they survived or not, but I felt like I was documenting a crime scene.

A tsunami evacuation route posted at Nobiru Station. I wonder if some people may now feel guilty for raising their family in this place.



A family passes through the rubble.

End of NOBIRU Part I

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