”Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture”Photo by Yasuhiko Ito
In this post, I want to share some pictures of northeast Japan taken before the quake and tsunami occurred on March 11, wishing that the residents regain their vigor and revive the destroyed towns.
Northeast Japan is called “Tohoku chiho” in Japanese. The dark green area in the map below is the region.
The 9.0-magnitude quake shook almost entire country trembled, but the Pacific Ocean side in Tohoku region, which is near the seismic center and the tsunami-stricken area, is suffering the most especially Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima Prefectures.
In the area, there is one of the three great views of Japan, Matsushima, which is a group of 260 small islands covered in pine trees.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalleboo/4547178071/ Photo by kalleboo
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakae/1277085509/ Photo by nakae
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37747232@N03/4612047718/ Photo clipvain
http://www.flickr.com/photos/totaleclipse/3493627945/ Photo by TotalEclipse
Jodogahama is another scenic area in Miyagi Prefecture, featuring green pine trees, white rocks and ultramarine Ocean.
“Jogogahama in Iwate Prefecture”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinn/5078619838/ Photo by shinkusano
Fishery is a major industry in the Tohoku region.
“Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture.”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuma-photos/1497154474/ Photo by Yuma Sugawara
“Onagawa port in Miyagi Prefecture”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/genpi/5535920009/ Photo by genpi215
“Onagawa Fish Market”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e-orimo/3504067824/ Photo by orimo
The region’s specialties are oyster, abalone, turban shell, scallop, and so on. The Japanese’s favorite shellfishes.
”Grilling shellfishes in Matsushima”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/olois/3680807974/ Photo by Olis Olois
“A big and juicy oyster from Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture.”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tak2cv/4067431304/ Photo by Northern Lights
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cti/4435461749/ Photo Tung-Yi Chen
Sendai is famous for…
”Sendai Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival)”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoandmi/4936836039/ Photo by YoAndMi
“Beef Tongue Sashimi.” (Tongue of the first grade brand beef.)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fujikinoko/3508426857/in/photostream/ Photo by fujikinoko
“Zunda mochi (mochi covered with edamame paste)”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/add/4456380177/ Photo by add.me
It is really heartrending that many lives and beautiful sceneries were taken away after the quake. I wish that the towns get lively and peaceful again.