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.