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Toshiya Watanabe

http://www.fluidr.com/photos/toshiya-w


The man who puts on protective wear to enter Nuclear Evacuation Zone.

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear. 0.22μSv/h

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear. 0.22μSv/h

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear. 0.22μSv/h

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear. 0.22μSv/h

"my house" Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear

Newspaper delivered on March 12

"my house" Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear

"my house" Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear

"family album"
Toshiya Watanabe

I'm art director based in Tokyo. A series of huge disasters; gigantic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant accidents; hit Japan on March 11. My hometown is only 8 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The day after the earthquake, the government of Japan ordered its residents to leave their home; my home town is now no-go zone. On June 12, three months after the earthquake, I was given a chance to go back to my house, which was within the restricted are; to pick up my family album that was full of good old memories. During this visit, I took these pictures shown here. I didn't want to over-dramatize the situation; I simply wanted to record the current condition of the hometown from my personal perspective as I compared the past and present in my mind.