Kosuke Okahara

Sea water in MInamisoma.
À destroyed observation on Usoiso beach in Iwaki city
Young police officers work at the check point of 20km exclusion zone near J-village, the frontline for the nuclear workers.
Three young police officers at the check point of Tsushima district of Namie town located about 27km from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.
Constructions workers are decontaminating the radioactive substances in Iitate village.
A view of Fukushima city. Poplulation of 290,000, now faces the  fear of radiation though people are getting tired of being cautious and most of people even do not wear a mask.
Mr.Sanbe who used to live right outside of the exclusion zone came to visit to see the cherry blossom near his house on the border of exclusion zone.
Stone lanterns in the shrine just few hundred meters outside of the exclusion zone left as it fell 2 and half years ago when Great Tohoku earthquake hit Japan.
Forest inside 20km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor. THe forest used to be a beautiful place but now radiation level in the forest became quit high which is 5m sv/h.
Takami and Noriko Ohara came to check their abandoned house in the exclusion zone.
Abandoned laundry in front of an abandoned hot spring spa. The place is located 10km from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant.
A fallen street lamp post when erathquake hit left as it was.
Car parking of of the big super market inside the exclusion zone.
A portrait of Sanpei family at their new farm where they moved their cow from the high radiation area which was 26km from the reactor.
Tsuyoshi Konno, a cow farmer who took refuge from Namie town after the nuclear explosion now settled in Motomiya, some 50km west of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. He contineus his business under the uncertain circumstance.
An abandoned farm inside 20km exclusion zone from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor. Dead cows are still lying in the farm.This place was visited by the photographer in April 2011 and it was left as it was before.
An abandoned farm inside 20km exclusion zone from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor. Dead cows are still lying in the farm.This place was visited by the photographer in April 2011 and it was left as it was before.
An abandoned farm inside 20km exclusion zone from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor. Dead cows are still lying in the farm.This place was visited by the photographer in April 2011 and it was left as it was before.
Farmers of Minamisoma cleans the farm land that is wiped by Tsunami. However, it is uncertain if they can captivate their farm land again.
Farmers of Minamisoma cleans the farm land that is wiped by Tsunami. However, it is uncertain if they can captivate their farm land again.
In Naraha town, trees grow as no one live and take care of the farmland. A lot of parts in exclusion zone became like jungle.
Momouchi station in Minamisoma. Since the station has been abandoned since the nuclear explosion. The tree grow crazy.
Abandoned railway truck covered with ivy ivied
High school baseball players practice at the ground of Soma Agricultural high school. The baseball team had more players but they all evacuated from the city and only 2 left. The baseball team had more players but they all evacuated from the city and only 2 left.
A tractor washed away by Tsunami stlll stay same spot as no one comes to pick it up or demolish.
Miyakoji district of Tamura city. some 25km west of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant now facing the problem of being depoplulation
Water goes into the pacific ocean in Iwaki city. Some 40km south of crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.  One of the biggest problems today is that contaminated water is leaking to the ocean from the nuclear plant.
Noriyuki Sanpei, a junior highschool teacher from Minamisoma stands in front of the sea. "I had never been such close to the sea since the earthquake and Tsunami. I don't know why but I didn't feel like that..."

 

Fukushima Fragment

– Collecting the fragments of the nuclear disaster –

僕は福島で「かけら集め」を始めた。今まで使ったこともなかった大判カメラを担ぎ、自分の心に触れる時間を切り取っていった。すぐに消えることのない放射能、それと同じように、すぐに消えないシーンと向き合った。人、物、少し変わった風景、今も残る奇妙な風景、 美しい瞬間、そして惨状。自ら用意した箱に、かけらを集めていった。

「箱がいっぱいになった時、それらと出会うことになる人たちは、この出来事をどのように理解するのだろう。」

そんなことを考えながら、僕は福島をさまよった。

すでに震災から4年以上が経過した。状況は中々変わらず、人々は粛々と生活を続けている。僕が唯一できることは、撮りためた写真を後世に残そうとすることだと思う。この災害が自分たちにとってどんな意味を持つのかを考えるために。そして、次の世代の人達が、この災害がいったい何であったのかを理解し、過去を振り返ることのできる道具を作るために。

ウィンストン・チャーチルは言った。

「人間が歴史から学んだことは、歴史から何も学んでないということだ」と。

これらの写真が、何か意味を持ってくれたら嬉しく思う。(序文より抜粋)

岡原功祐