*First broadcast on March 10, 2020. In March 2011, a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami devastated communities on the east coast of Tohoku, northeast Japan. We visit the region 9 years on, to learn how people coped with the disaster and its aftermath. This time, we hear about survivors who say they've encountered the spirits of the dead. We also learn how bereaved parents use statues to stay in touch with children who have died. Our guests include Shigeru Kamei, who receives messages from his late wife in dreams.
Statues of Jizo, a bodhisattva, representing children that passed away
Peter Barakan and Akinori Takahashi, a local taxi driver, look out over Ishinomaki, a city devastated by the tsunami
Statues of Jizo are scattered throughout the Tsugaru region in Aomori Prefecture