Worth a Look: Ikuru Kuwajima’s words and pictures from Japan

Ikuru Kuwajima has posted an interesting and revealing account of his return to Japan to photograph the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis on his blog Eastbound: “Two Days in Tohoku and Afterthoughts..”

Although my citizenship is Japanese, honestly, I’m far from a patriot, being away from the country for 8 years except that I visited there just three times in that period. I am not so into sort of parachuting into the disaster, either, let alone that no one commissions me for this. So, I was like, well, it’s not my job, and I don’t know what I can add to this – there will be a lot of good photogs there anyways. I had some ideas doing differently, but the costs and fear for a reverse cultural shock kept me from flying.

But then, when the nuclear plants started collapsing, I couldn’t sit and watch in the end. If Japan could become no-man’s land, then it’s a different story. So, I flew.

(c) Ikuru Kuwajima
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