A Spring Journey Through Sakura Sprayed Tohoku

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A perspective of a humanitarian worker in the Tsunami sites of Japan.

April 21, 2011. Tohoku is the name people call Northeast Japan areas, where Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima Prefectures are located and affected by May 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The devastation is huge, as long as 500 km of coastline, with populated cities, fishing ports, factories, and nuclear power plants.

Along the roads and streets of Tohoku cities, Sakura trees are blooming and radiating the areas with white and pink beautiful flowers. The trees are like sleeping beauty that seemed to remember nothing as they were submerged by a giant tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 Richter scale earthquake. So innocent, yet reminds us that hope still exists among the ruins of Tohoku as Sakura colors are sprayed around.