When Your Parents Face a Disaster
March 11, 2011, was a day that changed Japan forever. To commemorate the one year anniversary, Shizuoka Speaks brings you a special piece, straight from those who know the people and places affected most intimately. Those who call northeastern Japan home.
But they weren’t at home when the earthquake and tsunami hit.
Harumi Wood, born and raised in Miyagi Prefecture, now lives in Canada. Her parents were still near Sendai when the tsunami and earthquake hit.
Kei Sato is a photojournalist from Tohoku, now living in Tokyo. He was on assignment in Zambia on March 11, 2011.
They tell their story.
With heartfelt thanks to our editorial consultant Chris Benderev, who produced this story.