Life After the Tohoku Earthquake: Interview with Kenji Shida

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It’s almost two years since 3.11 and as for many people living in and out of Japan, that event probably feels just like it happened yesterday.  However, here in Tokyo, I don’t really hear a lot about what’s happening with the current situation in the earthquake / tsunami-stricken Tohoku areas because the topic is not really headline news anymore; it’s doesn’t stick out on any of the news sources that I usually scour, and, to be honest, I’m not actively seeking such news. So, I was a bit surprised to come across this video by Swiss designer / typographer / filmmaker, Niko Kitsakis (, entitled Life After the Tohoku Earthquake: Interview with Kenji Shida which was released on Vimeo just two days ago (filming conducted in May of 2012).

Before I watched the video, I was struck by a part of Kitsakis’ description:

“…I want people that think they have something to say about the catastrophe and how it relates to them, to tell me their story. Those people don’t have to be victims, they don’t even need to live in Japan.”

I appreciate Niko’s effort to produce this film; this guy is on the other side of the globe, and yet here I am in Tokyo – just a bullet train ride away from Tohoku.

Anyhow, check out the video as it documents the story of Shida-san, a rock and roll bar owner from tsunami / nuke-stricken Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture.  No scenes of shaking buildings or death and destruction; just a straight up report on a guy moving on with his life after the earthquake.

If you happen to be in the Minamisoma area, check the bar called “Shout.”


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