The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Sold Out

Well so far the power outages haven’t happened though they are promised and announced as imminent incessantly.

Panic buying for gasoline (incredible long lines of cars outside every gas station that still has petrol) and people stocking up on candles batteries and food means those things are disappearing off the shelves of supermarkets and convenience stores like it’s the end of the world. Which with more quakes likely and nuclear power station meltdowns in the mix also, it might just be.

Tokyo got off lightly in fact  but the North East, especially the town of Minami Sanriku where 10,000 people are missing from a population of 17,000, must be hellish.

Two journalist friends are up there at this moment. Hopefully keeping themselves safe and well despite the circumstances.

For sure they are working hard in unbelievable conditions as these reports attest:

See Rob Gilhooly’s images from Minami Sanriku here.

Read David McNeill’s report on Minami Sanriku in the independent here.

Wish I could get there but it is not easy.

Talk later hopefully.



2 responses

  1. hi.
    are you alright?

    I am a woman in the rice cracker shop in Sugamo.
    (I met you before the earthquake happened.)

    I worried about you,and I pray for your safety.
    Please be careful.
    You can call here for a free translation serves.
    Free call 「050 5814 7230」 or 「03 5366 6001」.
    English, Chinese, Korean are available 24 hours a day.

    Emergency messaging services.
    You can leave message to your family.
    Firstly call 171, and 1, then your own home phone number, then leave your message.
    To pick up a message, 171, then 2, then your home phone number.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:51 am

  2. Yoko San sorry to be late replying. I’m fine, was in Mejiro when the quake struck. Are all your family okay?
    Will come and see you again soon. As you can imagine I have been quite busy since March 11th.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

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