A large earthquake shook Hyogo Prefecture 22 years ago.
I was living in the neighboring Prefecture and I've never felt so close to death.
Lots of high-rise buildings crumbled, Japanese houses were destroyed, and an expressway collapsed. It was a scene from hell.
But 20 years on, and the Hanshin area has fully recovered.
The area now has a beautiful streetscape – the area is so content now that it's hard to believe that such a disaster even happened here.
The Great East Japan Earthquake struck six years ago.
The area's facilities are now steadily progressing, and it appears to be well on its way to full recovery.
But, on the other hand, the evacuation order is yet to be lifted – leaving lots of people still unable to return home.
Will the area really recover fully within just 20 years just like the Hanshin area?
It's true that there is no immediate answer to that question.
The reason for this may be down to the nuclear disaster, it may be down to radiation, it may be down to the Great East Japan Earthquake itself.
An earthquake and tsunami alone do not create the disaster-stricken area of today.
It's impossible to talk of the Great East Japan Earthquake without mentioning the nuclear disaster.
We must never run away from telling the stories that we struggle to speak of.
『C'mon』、『Brotherhood』、『Into Free -Dangan-』。