Ishinomaki: A Decade On - Remembering and Moving Ahead
Located on the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City long flourished through fisheries. The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake ravaged the city, leaving 4,000 people dead or missing -- making it one of the worst hit areas. Richard Halberstadt from Great Britain was a victim of the disaster. Now as the director of the city's information center on March 11, he conveys the reality of that time to visitors. On Journeys in Japan, Richard and his friends take us on a tour of recovery. Looking back, they're passing on the memory of the earthquake and tsunami.

Ishinomaki Genki Ichiba Market

This large-scale market opened in 2017 at the mouth of the former Kitakami River.

Ishinomaki Minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park

The large park is divided into several areas, which include the Miyagi Tsunami Memorial Museum and citizen projects. They all serve as a base to pass on memories and lessons of the disaster.

Ogatsu Rose Factory Garden

After Ogatsu was destroyed by the tsunami, the residents got together to rebuild the town with the power of flowers.

Access

From Tokyo to Ishinomaki, it is about 90 minutes by Shinkansen to Sendai. From there it is about an hour on the local rapid train.