Documentary : the Great East Japan Earthquake
732 days: The lives of 3 orphans post earthquake
3人で生きる 震災孤児 兄弟が歩んだ732日 [KHB]
｜Length : 24min. ｜Year : 2013 ｜
March 11, 2011. The huge tsunami that hit in the Tohoku earthquake swept away the parents of many children, leaving large numbers orphaned. There are more than 241 children in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures whose parents were either killed in the disaster or remain missing. How did these children face the aftermath of the disaster, and move on without their parents?
Shohei Takeyama (19 at the time of the disaster), lives in Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture, and lost both his parents and grandfather to the tsunami. His younger sister Yuuki is a high school student, while brother Naoki is in junior high school.
"All I want is for us to live a normal life. At the very least, I want to give my brother and sister a normal upbringing. I feel it is what I should do for my parents."
Shohei decides to become his siblings' legal guardian. Initially, Naoki and Yuuki were taken to live at an aunt's home in Ishinomaki, but once Shohei turns 20, he becomes their guardian by law (as they are both still minors), in place of their parents.
A year after the disaster, they leave their home in Ishinomaki and move into an apartment together in Iwate Prefecture's Sendai City.
Yuuki enters the same university as Shohei, and is busy with study as well as part time work. Naoki has changed schools, and is taking the first steps toward high school entrance exams, while Shohei is in the middle of intense job hunting. He hopes to find work at a company with no risk of being transferred outside Iwate Prefecture, so they can continue living together.
The three siblings suddenly had their family torn apart forever on that fateful day. This is a document of the reality they face living without their parents over the two years following the disaster: holding the memories of their parents in their hearts, while supporting each other as a family.
Daring Attepmt of Oystermen to Overcome Earthquake Adversity
三陸カキ 真の復興に挑む [KHB]
｜Length : 24min. ｜Year : 2014 ｜
The oystermen on the Sanriku Coast of Japan suffered great losses in the tsunami wrought by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. A good 90% of the oyster cultivation facilities in Miyagi Prefecture, nearly 12,000 of them, were lost. There are men here who are attempting to bounce back from this adversity through a new venture. They consist of Hiroaki Saito, operator of an online oyster sales company, and 20 oystermen from six coves within the prefecture.
The Sanriku oyster industry has been plagued by problems such as an aging population and a lack of successors. In order to create a life better than that they led before the disaster, they must produce and market greater numbers of oysters in their shell. To that end, they decided to adopt cultivation methods used by oystermen in France, one of the world’s leading oyster producing nations.
This program chronicles the attempts by these oystermen to restore the cultivation of Sanriku oysters.
Three Years After the “Giant Tsunami”
｜Length : 60min. ｜Year : 2014 ｜
On March 11, 2014, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan. “Shedding New Light: Three Years After the ‘Giant Tsunami’” examines numerous videos and witness interviews to reconstruct a chronological account of the tsunami, and provides a detailed analysis of why the “giant tsunami” had caused such devastating damage.
Using footages from the day of the quake and its aftermath along with most advanced technology, new unexpected facts were revealed in a new light: A 7-meter tsunami attacked Asahi, Chiba close to Tokyo. What happened there and why, 330 kilometers from the epicenter and three hours after the earthquake? In Ishinomaki, Miyagi, one building saved hundreds of lives. What does it teach us about future tsunami measures? The height of tsunami surged up to 40 meters and was higher in Iwate than Miyagi. What triggered it and what was the driving mechanism behind this monstrous tsunami?
The documentary also shows for the first time the video of a high school girl being rescued from mud after she was swept by the tsunami. Although she was miraculously saved, she couldn’t let go of the feelings of guilt for being the one who survived while the lives of many others were lost in the disaster. However, now that over three years has passed, she finally became able to accept the reality and made a decision to speak in front of a camera to tell her story and messages she must deliver as a survivor.
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami left over 10,000 people dead or missing. This documentary not only captures the unfolding human drama but also reminds audience that our hearts will always be with the afflicted people and the regions, and that the lessons we learned will never be forgotten.
Children’s Message of the Devastating Earthquake to the Next Millennium
｜Length : 24min ｜Year : 2015 ｜
When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, waves as high as 14.8 meters ravaged Onagawa Town. 827 lives, nearly 10 percent of the population, were lost and 70 percent of the town buildings were destroyed.
The seventh graders of Onagawa Middle School decided to do something to pass on the lessons of this tragedy to future generations. With the motto “to protect the lives of 1000 years from now,” they continue their work and hope to reach their goal of erecting 21 stone monuments by the time they are 20 years old.