Today is the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Japanese Tohoku earthquake disaster. When disasters happen, news
sources tend to focus on dramatic statistics like the number of deaths or the number of homes destroyed, and not
so much on the very long process of recovery. In the 21st century, though, it’s much easier to find videos on the
internet produced by the disaster victims themselves. Unfortunately, as in the Japanese disaster, language
barriers can stop the messages reaching far beyond the disaster area.
So I thought I’d translate one of the videos. It’s about Omoide Kaeru, a non-profit organisation that’s been
restoring and returning items found washed up after the tsunami hit Sendai. The video mostly talks about photos,
but the group has also been handling personal documents like certificates.
By the way, the original video is from 2013, but Omoide Kaeru is still working in 2016.