Three Months Later by Toshiya Watanabe

Issue 41

A series of huge disasters; gigantic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear powerplant accidents, all hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

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 hometown is now no-go zone.

On June 12, three months after the earthquake, I was given a chance to go back to my parents' house, which was within the restricted area. My first priority was to pick up my family album that was full of old memories.

These photographs were made three months after these disasters.

Toshiya Watanabe is a Japan based photographer.
To view more of Toshiya's work, please visit his website.

  Man puts on protective wear to enter Nuclear Evacuation Zone - 20km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

Man puts on protective wear to enter Nuclear Evacuation Zone - 20km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  The checkpoint at the entrance to the restricted area - 20km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

The checkpoint at the entrance to the restricted area - 20km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  Main street of Namie - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

Main street of Namie - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  Namie Station - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

Namie Station - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  Main street of Namie - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

Main street of Namie - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  The house of my childhood friend - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

The house of my childhood friend - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  Shoe store - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

Shoe store - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

  Toy shop - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

Toy shop - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

  Sneaker - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

Sneaker - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

  Map - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

Map - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

  A fallen traffic sign - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

A fallen traffic sign - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

  My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

  A newspaper, dated March 12, that was left on a doorstep - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

A newspaper, dated March 12, that was left on a doorstep - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

  My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

  My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

  My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 

  Abandoned dogs - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

Abandoned dogs - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 

  Tsunami-hit area - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

Tsunami-hit area - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  Tsunami-hit area - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

Tsunami-hit area - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

  Cenotaph - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

Cenotaph - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant