The samurai and survivors of Fukushima

The samurai and survivors of Fukushima

“In Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, a zombie-like creature bewildered by cheap vodka and loneliness might jump out from behind a bush. But here in Fukushima everything was in almost perfect order. In abandoned towns, traffic lights worked and a rare car would stop on red. Near the train station of a ghost town called Namie, sitting outside a shop whose window was stacked with undistributed copies of March 12, 2011 newspapers, a vending machine blinked. I dropped in a coin. The thing made the usual sound and gave me back a hot can of coffee! I tried to calculate how much energy the machine had consumed over these two and half years to heat my coffee in a ghost town with a population of zero.”

Zelfs in tijden van tegenspoed houdt men de zaken min of meer op orde, fotograaf Damir Sagolj op reis door de verboden zone rond Fukushima.

Blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/03/the-samurai-and-survivors-of-fukushima/ (via Neatorama)

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