AFTER THE WAVES

RECONSTRUCTION & SOLIDARITY

TOHOKU

JAPAN


Japan is facing, since the earthquake of March 11, 2011, the greatest challenge of its modern history : the humanitarian disaster due to the tsunami, the support of the families and the elderly, as well as the nuclear disaster. In the affected areas, a “social tsunami” is arising as an answer. Volunteers are mobilized for periods ranging from one day to several weeks. They do all kind of work.The « repeaters » come again and again to Tohoku. New communities made up of survivors and volunteers from all across the country rebuild the north-eastern Japan with the energy of a social revolution. It is not only about reconstructing ravaged towns, but to take advantage of this blank page in order to think differently the future, with more solidarity and ecology. A city like Minami-Sanriku could become a model of development in the next years, not only for Japan, but for the whole world.

I started in may, july, and november 2011, and then in summer 2012, a long-term photographic work about the reconstruction of Japan : series of portraits of volunteers and refugees, met in shelters and in temporary home. I travelled again along the coast in april 2016, to meet again the japanese families and volunteers i ketp contact with.Here are the stories of rural families, fishermen, children and elderly people. We follow those characters month after month, from Minamisoma to Shiogama, Sendai, Ishinomaki, Minami-Sanriku and Kesennuma, Kamaishi and Otsuchi.




DES HISTOIRES FAMILIALES AU NORD DE FUKUSHIMA // VOIR LE SUJET































SOLIDARITÉ : LES VOLONTAIRES DE CARITAS  // VOIR LE SUJET

































VOLONTAIRES // VOIR LES PORTRAITS
























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