After 40 minutes bus ride from Akiu, I came back to Sendai city centre yesterday morning.
Akiu area is famous for hot spas. This high-end spa hotel area suddenly turned into police officers’ station camp. A taxi driver explained that many of hotels in the city central were unavailable right after the quake, and those which remained safe were all booked by aid providers and news agencies.
There are still many police officers are staying in this area. I often saw police cars from other areas of Japan.
At Sendai station, there were group of people who were providing workshop for children, called 4 leaves. They invited me to their office and explained other projects. One of the members of 4 leaves was from Ishinomaki area and I could not really listen to her story without tears.
She said, seeing people enjoy Tanabata in Sendai, I feel like Ishinomaki people are forgotten…We are left behind.
Ishinomaki is one of the worst Tsunami hit areas. Her house was hit by the tsunami and her family still have to use only the 1st floor of their house as the ground floor’s tatami mats are gone.
She said there is a little good news that some restaurants opened, but only for lunch.
I first could not understand why she emphasized “lunch”. But gradually understood that is because there is no electricity and they can not open after sun sets.
They showed me messages from Ishinomaki people. I was very much touched by the comments of their strong will to restore the community.