To get to Kesennuma these days, Japan's biggest port town about two hours by bullet train northwest of Tokyo, I had to take a taxi yesterday an hour to the coast.It's cold and snowing here, with only a few inches on the ground, but a total whiteout.
Japan is still reeling from the 9.0- magnitude earthquake and tsunami — and series of aftershocks — that have left the country in disrepair. According to the AP, thousands are missing or dead, entire cities lie in ruin and the fear of radiation still looms.
"How do you make a picture of something that's basically nonexistent?" NPR photographer David Gilkey mused aloud on the phone yesterday. In Japan it was about 11:30 pm, and he had just spent the day trying to capture the devastation in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture — or what remains of it.
This week's mission begins with this 1-minute video:Thanks to our handy smartphone cameras, this mission is pretty "1,2,3 simple" I think. (Of course you're welcome to use a "real" camera if you'd like :)Please send your photo by Friday.
In the first seconds of the powerful earthquake that struck Japan Friday, Chie Matsumoto was outside, in the middle of Tokyo. "I saw high rises sway like I had never seen before," Matsumoto says. "So many people came out of the buildings and we evacuated to the largest park in the neighborhood."