M.K.’s photos from Fukushima – from before and after the 3.11 disaster


M.K.’s son looking for a sign of spring in the garden – before the 3.11 disaster.


M.K.’s son watching the Shinkansen (bullet train) – his favorite pastime.


The carps they put up for their son (a Japanese tradition to pray for boys’ healthy growth) the year before the disaster. It turned out to be the only year they could do this.


the flowers in the garden they used to have.


more of the flowers in the garden they used to have.


the white and pink peach trees they planted to commemorate their son’s birth.


Their house before the 3.11 disaster with big trees.


The trees were chopped down for the decontamination work (photo taken on 3rd January, 2015).


The chopped up trees left abandoned (nowhere to go) in the corner (3 Jan., 2015).


Fukushima’s famous one-thousand-year-old cherry tree called “Takizakura” (waterfall cherry tree).


The 1000-year-old cherry tree had to witness the stupid human disaster.


The dosimeter showing the radiation level (photo taken in their garden on 4th January, 2014).


The empty lot shown here used to be her grandmother’s vegetable garden (6th May, 2015).

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‘Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term … It is an idea from the Southern African region which means literally “human-ness,” and is often translated as “humanity toward others,” but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”‘.


“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. 
We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity”. 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2008.