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Today's Report
Through ghost towns to Ishinomaki

Japan be strong!

Today was another one of these extraordinary days on the Sanriku Coast. You wake up in a nice ryokan after a fun evening drinking Turkish beer (yes, yes - Turkish beer in Japan!) in Hiraizumi and eating some great food (what treats we got at hotel Musashibo!) and in the morning you hit the road to go to the next destination. Today we took the long road to see the consequences of the tsunami as much as possible. And what we saw was amazing.

At the coast we drove through the town of Minamisanriku - or whatfs left of it. The town was literally swept away for a 16 meter high wave. Thatfs almost the hight of a 6 floor building smashing into you. In the case of Minamisanriku, it swept away around 90% of the buildings - only the tallest remain (and thatfs only a handful) - as well as about half of the townfs population. and Ifm talking about a town, not a 5 house village.

Train line swept away by the tsunami. The road we took actually passes under the birdge , quite scary.

One of the few remaining buildings in Minamisanriku - the fire station.

Bespoke shrine in front of the fire station

A lot of the coastal areas sank after the earthquake. Today was a normal day, no rain - but look how close the water is to the bridge

We stopped for lunch in the new town center made of temporary buildings. Imagine a shopping center made of portacabins.

Minamisanriku shopping center - made of portacabins

From there we continued driving to Onagawa, where the wave was strong enough to topple 3 storey high concrete buildings.
The sheer scale of devastation is really incredible - even 2.5 years have gone by already.

Three storey concrete bulding toppled over by the wave

After all those incredible sights I arrived in Ishinomaki and had to rush to the offices of Ishinomaki FM, where I was interviewed for a program that will be aired tomorrow at 11am. A truly amazing day.

I can't belive that my first ever radio interview was in Japanese...

Daily Quiz
The deadline for answering the quiz question for day 18 has passed.

Amanohashidate, Miyajima Island and Matsushima Bay have been traditionally ranked as Japan's three most scenic views. Which of the following statements about the three scenic views is correct?

55%   One of them is located in a national park
5%   Two of them are world heritage sites
16%   Two of them are located along the Sea of Japan coast
0%   One of them is located in a geopark
24%   None of the above

The correct answer is: One of them is located in a national park

Only Miyajima is currently part of a national park (Setonaikai National Park), although Matsushima is considered to be added to the Sanriku Recovery National Park in the future. Only one of the three sites (Miyajima) is designated a world heritage site. Only one of them (Amanohashidate) is located along the Sea of Japan. And none of them is located in a geopark.

Current Standings: (after 30 days)

28 Points: Csabba, AlexanderStankov
27 Points: gladhiola, almoehi, ZoomX2, mikaelus
26 Points: Rabbityama, Proxy707

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