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TOHOKU

"Tohoku" displays a set of stills
taken in Rikuzentakata and Kesennuma.
Two coastal cities severely damaged
by the powerful tidal wave.

My intention is to present the photographs along with brief captions;
my perspective regarding the situation
the inhabitants of the area live in nowadays.
Incommensurate efforts to reconstruct ground level
on the devastated zones,
to erect a memorial to honour the Miracle Pine Tree,
or to create an imposing wall
in order to protect the population from their "exposure to the sea."
These are some of the measures adopted
although considered not satisfying
by the critical -yet enthusiastic- attitude of its people.