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Report from Tohoku.

This video that Japan society has made introduces the situation in Tohoku area after over 1 year since the earthquake.

JEN, which is the NGO that we sent the donations to, is also featured. It shows the work they have been doing in Ishinomaki, how the donations have been used.

This video introduces the footage from places in Tohoku that had heavy damages from tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

 

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Report from Japan

We have made a poster with images of supporters that are on this website and sent it to NPO JEN. Now it is on the wall of community centre in Ishinomaki.

こちらのウェブサイトで応援してくれたみなさんの写真を集めたポスターを、
石巻市内のコミュニティースペースにNPOJENを通じてお届けしました。

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Updates from JAPAN

One of the members from “We are with you” went to Ishinomaki city (tsunami affected area) from 11-13th July as a volunteer of NGO JEN to which we sent all the donations.

It has been 4 months since the awful earthquake and tsunami happened and here is some of the latest pictures from the area where devastation happened.

We are with youのメンバーの一人が、募金の寄付先であるNGO JENのボランティアとして、7月11日〜13日まで宮城県石巻へ行ってきました。

東日本大震災から4ヶ月経った今、現地がどのような状況にあるか、写真を通して少しでもお伝えできればと思います。

Honda-san who is from near Ishinomaki area. She works for NGO JEN after the earthquake.

震災後、NGO JENのスタッフとして働く本田さん。

This bank was made this height based on the Chile tsunami in 1960s.

この堤防は、チリ地震の時の津波をベースに考えて作られたというのですが…

When you look at debris that are left on the coast area, there are so many different things mixed together such as private materials (clothes, dishes, notebooks, pictures etc) , industrial products fragments, and wooden piece from the buildings.

残された瓦礫は、洋服、お皿、ノート、写真などプライベートなものから、工業製品のかけら、木片などさまざまなものが混じっていました。

Someone’s mickey mouse left on the coast.

This used to be a local temple which stands right along the coast.

海岸沿いにあったお寺。

There are clear signs of the damage caused by tsunami in not only the coast area but also in inland area. The ground floors of most buildings in inland area are destroyed and made the building very fragile. Local people told me that this road was filled with water until just few weeks ago.

石巻市内を車で走ってみると、津波の影響が内陸部にまで広がっているのが分かりました。内陸部の多くの建物は、一階部分が破壊されており、二階部分だけが残っているような状態でした。地元の方のお話によると、数週間前までこの道も泥水が覆っていたそうです。

A private housing which ground floor is also destroyed with tsunami.

一階部分が破壊された家屋。

Factories which also torn down by tsunami.

たくさんの工場も津波の影響を受けています。

On the way to Onagawa town, where is the town next town to Ishinomaki, has a quite strong damage by tsunami.

津波の影響がひどかったといわれる、石巻の隣町、女川へ車でむかいます。

Onagawa area Only few buildings are still standing.

女川町の様子。(7月12日)

 

The concrete building on the left was fallen down by the force of tsunami and now it is left standing on sideways.

コンクリートの建物が津波の力によって倒され、横向きになっている状態。

Many buildings and houses are swept away with tsunami in this area. A lot of debris that are left here right after tsunami, but were already moved to other areas which stores debris.

この地域では、多くの建物が津波に流されており、また残された瓦礫はだいぶ処分された状態になっていました。

This is a hospital in Onagawa which stands 16 meters higher from the ground, however, the first floor of this hospital also was torn down with tsunami which can be recognised by the warped steel signs.

地上16メートルの高さに建つ、女川町立病院。自分がもしここに住んでいたら、まず避難場所に考えるであろうこの建物でさえも、1階部分が津波によって浸水したそうです。

Looking towards the sea from the hospital.

病院から、海岸方面。

Here, you can also tell how tsunami came up to this high.

津波によって、なぎ倒されたフェンス。

As you see in this picture, the sea is usually very calm which makes us almost impossible to imagine such horrible devastation.

恐ろしいことがおこったとは信じられないほど、おだやかな海。

In Ishinamaki city, you will find many temporary area to store debris. The amount of debris came to 6,380,000 tons in Ishinamki city only. This equals to the amount of garbage that Ishinomaki city usually produce in 100 years.

石巻市内では、ところどころに、積み上げられた瓦礫が放置されていました。石巻市内だけで、瓦礫の量は638万トンにもおよぶそうで、これは同市の一般廃棄物排出量100年分にあたるそうです。

The red zone shows the damage by tsunami in Ishinomaki city. Especially the area along the river is strongly damaged.

赤いゾーンが、石巻市内の津波の影響をうけたエリアだそうです。

First temporary housing site of the day. Helping to move daily necessaries to temporary housing with local people in Ishinomaki.

その日荷物を運ぶ最初の仮設住宅へ。地元の方々と一緒に仮設住宅に日用品を運び入れました。

Preparing all goods that go into each room.

まず、一部屋に入れるべき荷物をドアの前まで運びます。

These goods are here to help people to leave evacuation sites and start a new life in these temporary housings that can provide more privacy.

被災者の方が、避難所からプライベートが確保される仮設住宅にうつる際、なるべく早く普段に近い生活を取り戻せるよう、これらの日用品が用意されています。

Second temporary housing site.

その日、2つ目の仮設住宅サイト。

Third temporary housing site.

その日、3つ目の仮設住宅サイト。

Boxes waiting to be placed into the temporary housings.

仮設住宅に運ばれる、日用品。

Local people who are also affected by tsunami are helping to move these goods to the temporary housings.

ご自身が津波の被害に遭った方も、仮設住宅に荷物を運ぶお仕事をしています。

Some of these local people even lost their families and houses, but they are very strong, making funny jokes to make me smile.

中には、自宅や家族を失ってしまった方もいらっしゃいましたが、みんなとても元気に、てきぱきと荷物を運んでいました。常に笑いが絶えない作業現場に、本当の力強さを感じます。

Having a break with a driver who drove all the way from Kanto area to deliver these goods.

関東から荷物を運んでくれたトラックの運転手さんと一休み。

This is where to keep goods to move to temporary housings.

仮設住宅に運ぶための荷物を保管する倉庫。

 

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Activity Report

Thank you to all of you who participated in supporting Japan.
We have collected 3491.32 GBP and 234.03 Euros in 3 months
which includes street donation that we have executed for 23 times.
We collected 1376 photos from many different countries and
have accesses from over 80 countries around the globe.

 

Total Amount: 3492.32 GBP + 234.03 Euros
Collected photos: 1376

 

募金に参加してくれた皆さん、ありがとうございました。
3ヶ月間、23回のストリートドネーションを含め、
3492.32ポンド+234.03ユーロ、集めることができました。
また、ウェブ上の写真は1376枚にのぼり、80カ国以上からのアクセスをもらっています。

 

 

All the donation is sent to JEN which is doing emergency assistance in Earthquake/tsunami striking area.

 

Situations in Japan is still quite hard.
The amount of garbage (including debris) turned out to be over 18,000,000t
in Miyagi Prefecture only which is equal to the amount of which people
in Miyagi usually consume in 23 years.
Many organisations including JEN to which we sent our donations are
trying to get as many volunteers as they can to help getting rid of the muds,
garbage and debris in order to bring people’s life back as fast as they can.
Attached pictures are from JEN getting rid of muds and garbages
from the houses in Watanoha, Miyagi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Letter from Japan NGO JEN

We have received a letter from Japan NGO JEN with the receipt for our donation we collected from London and Germany.

amount of money we have sent transfered in Japan and turned up to 256,114 JPY !!  this amount, we would say, is enough for 4t truck with full of stuff to make 3-5 return trips from Tokyo to Tohoku area. thanks everyone!!

attached the letter below,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent footage on BBC news

Please check out this video footage of the recent situation.
JEN is working in the field!

JEN on BBC News

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Recent situation in Ishinomaki

Here are some recent pics shared by NGO JEN.

Many Volunteers came to Ishinomaki area during “Golden Week” (Japanese public holidays) to assist JEN’s activities. They camped at a local university campus.

location→ Ishinomaki Senshu University

 

They have given out warm clothes and daily necessaries to the local people at a local primary school.
JEN has communicated with local people while giving out necessaries which helped them to understand when to give out what in more detail.

 

The following picture is another place to give out goods, in Watanoha area.
There is a base camp of JEN near this area and over 30 volunteers stay over there to help people everyday.

 

Staff of JEN, Tasuku Futamura. Showing the ending time of volunteer work of the day.

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Shusuke / Fukuoka, Japan

Today is the anniversary of forty nine days after the catastrophe in japan (Japanese people usually commemorate the souls of the deceased on the forty-ninth day after somebody’s death). I sent up fifty balloons at 14:46 when the quake occurred. I hope that my condolence and wish for peace will reach those
in heaven and all over the world.

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LOVE FOR NIPPON, Yoko Abe / Miyagi, Japan

I went to Miyagi as a volunteer. During that time, 4 major earthquakes occurred when still being in the area. Seeing the aftermath left me speechless and and heartbroken. The magnitude of destruction was unfathomable. The entire town had been reduced to rubble. There is just not enough aid workers to cover a disaster or that proportion and more help is definitely needed.
Pictures were taken at Yamamoto-town and Watari-Gun, Miyagi
Love for Nippon

宮城に行って来ました。丁度大きな地震に4度もあいました。
現地は酷かったです。言葉になりません。
1ヶ月経った今でも初めて片付けるご夫婦のお家にお掃除のボランティアに行きました。
海沿いの6号線に向かった所、写真で見れるような残忍な姿で目を疑います。
まだ瓦礫の山です。人手が足りません。
宮城県亘理郡亘理町と山元町にて撮影
Love for Nippon

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Recent pictures from NGO JEN

These pictures are taken by JEN in tsunami affected area near Matsunami, Ishimaki-shi, Miyagi-ken, JAPAN.  MAP

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Message from Japan Makoto Ota / Tokyo, Japan

I really appreciate you all to send us such a great relief from the world, and I personally would like to apologize that we have polluted the sea sharing with you, all over the world.
Please give us any of your response, such as a relief or even criticism.
I would only afraid to have neglect.

The cherry blossom(Japanese national flower) is blooming amazingly as usual
and I would be looking forward to your visit here soon.

多大なる支援に感謝します。同時に海を汚してしまい申し訳ありません。
支援も批判も下さい。一番怖いのは無関心です。

東京の桜は今年もきれいです。ぜひ遊びに来て下さい。

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Pictures from Miyagi area

The following pictures are from Shiogama, Miyagi, tsunami affected area in Japan.
There is still no electricity, and no water and people are queueing to receive emergency food.
All photos are sent to us from Mr.Hiroyuki Furuya who lives in Shiogama area.

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School Playground after Tsunami

Latest image from NGO JEN

 

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of my dog who is with me in tokyo at the moment hiding under the table from the earthquakes we are still feeling. Nina / Tokyo, Japan

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