Shichigahama is a small coastal town near Sendai city.
Getting off at Shiogama station, I took a taxi to the village.
Driving up a winding road to the Town Centre, houses along the road looked normal at first sight, but after careful observation I could see broken window glasses and fallen roof parts, leaning or destroyed walls.
Suddenly a yellowish hill appeared which was actually a pile of destroyed houses, trees, and all other things people could see in the village. It was just enormous amount and there were endless trucks transporting the remains of destroyed town.
I visited the Town Centre and International Village.
The Seven Beach Aid, a charity organization, held a photo exhibition in UK to deliver people’s stories of hope in Shichigahama. At the exhibition, “Yet I still dare to hope”, messages board collected and the message board was displayed at the city centre. An elderly man was standing in front of the message board. He said, “I cannot understand what it said, but how nice people are thinking of us so much.”
I headed to the International Village Centre where once was an evacuation centre.
There were temporally houses beside the road from the Town Centre to the International Village.
I was surprised to see many kids at the Village Centre. A company was holding a charity family event. They invited families who live in the temporary houses. This company came all the way down from Osaka and they said they would visit other affected cities. Go-carts and other games were designed and assembled from the scratch by employees of this company. Racing machines were very popular among the children. The designer of the machine and children were smiling together.
I left the International Village and went to the area where the children I just met used to live.
I still can not find a word how to describe what I saw. I just felt the enormous power of Tsunami wiped out the lives of people.
Containers were still at the shore. Other areas of the beach was still untouched with fishy smell.
The town was very calm and only I could hear was the sound of waves and classical music from the taxi’s car radio.