Aug 3, 2017

It’s been seven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and also seven years since Fukushima’s residents were forced to evacuate. Many of the disaster-stricken areas remain abandoned to this day, and in place of residents, visitors, and tourists, the once-bustling coastal area is now populated by grass and weeds.

Asahi Shimbun photographer Tetsuro Takehana, who had lived in Fukushima in his youth, returned to the prefecture to capture its current state. Strangely, despite the toxic effects of the nuclear disaster, areas of Fukushima are green and growing. In a short video documenting his trip, Takehana remarks, “It was as if time had stopped, and yet the grass and trees continue to grow.” In a few more years, there may not even be any trace of the devastation left. Goes to show just how much more powerful nature is than man.

See Takehana’s photos below.

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An abandoned toy
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A calendar inside a classroom with the date still at March 11, the date of the Tohoku earthquake.
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With its missing planks, this bench is now barely recognizable.
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Grass, weeds, and other plants grow through cracks in the floor and walls, creeping into houses.
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An unused railway now overgrown with weeds.
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Weeds have grown over the cracks across a parking lot.
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Abandoned car in the middle of a sea of tall grass.
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A school’s sports ground now overrun by grass and weeds. The white football goal remains as the only sign that this was once a playing field.
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An abandoned housing facility with vines growing all the way through the floors

Watch Takehana’s coverage below:

Photos courtesy of Asahi Shimbun.

 

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