TSUNAMI-2 巨大缶詰 Giant Can

048 Photograhed on 4/20/2011

“What the hell’s that?”

Local residents as well as the Self-Defense Forces, police, and fire services all worked hard to open up a small road through the devastation. We made our way slowly south along the coast, making winding diversions where the bridges had been damaged or in places totally destroyed. Driving along a road that was hardly a road at all we arrived at Ishinomaki, where we were greeted by the sight of this huge, bright red cylinder by the roadside. Probably as much as 12 meters high, this giant object was the advertising sign of a local business called Kinoya that sold canned seafood. Despite its size, the can had been swept 500 meters by the waves. It was another grim reminder of the terrible force of the tsunami, but until now we had been moving through an almost entirely monochrome world and this flash of color, which might normally have provided some excitement, seemed to have a healing effect. There was a hint of happiness for the first time in Kuyama’s voice when he spoke. We visited the town several times after this and Kuyama always commented on the can with excitement in his voice: “It’s still there!” The can was removed in June 2012.

Written by Tetsuya Hirose



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