Miraikioku – memories and the future in north-east Japan

Some fantastic work involving Google has recently been launched at http://www.miraikioku.com/en/.

The aim is to catalogue the effects, impacts and ongoing reconstruction efforts following the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. There are all sorts of things on the site including user-uploaded imagery, before and after Street Views of disaster-hit areas, and some very haunting Street View material shot inside the 20km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Dai’ichi plant.

One practical note of caution, though – this site has the potential to make your computer run very slowly, so it’s perhaps wise to uncheck some of the options before you go exploring.

I’ll return to this work to talk about it in more detail at a later date, but for now I’d just like to make one small comment. What I find really powerful and moving about this piece of work is that it really illustrates the huge scale of work that still needs to be done, and also the terrific reconstruction efforts to date, as a result of the earthquake and tsunami over which the Tohoku population had very limited control. Something I feel the (perhaps warranted) attention around the situation at Fukushima Dai’ichi leads us to overlook.


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