Saturday, 26 March 2011

Sunrise in Matsushima

Onsen is traditional hot spring bath, here people gather to watch the sunrise in the hot tab on the bay of Matsushima, in Summer 2004. I woke at 5,30 in the morning, took my towel and went out of my room, it was surprising to meet many people, wearing yukata (cotton kimono) and with their towel going to watch the spectacular sunrise. After few minutes the sun come up, everybody were gone and I was able to enjoy the place for myself only. This area has been devastated by the tsunami. I feel deeply sad for all the victims and for the survivor too.

Double raibow in Matsushima

After a Summer shower come this double rainbow on the bay of Matsushima, this photo was token in Summer 2004 from an hotel window. Matsushima is in the prefecture of Miyagi, the most damaged by the terrible tsunami, this area is famous since ancient times as one of the most beautiful landscape of all Japan, the great poet Bashō wrote the haiku:
Matsushima ah!
A-ah, Matsushima, ah!
Matsushima, ah!

Shodo, calligraphy

Nakajima Hiroyuki is a Japanese calligrapher, he's a great artist and I met him in Milano and took this photos during his performance in November 2010, this performance title is Luna (moon), the Japanese kanji is tsuki.

Abujiron, a Summer yellow flower

I really like this flower, of course for his great color and also for his delicete shape, is a Summer flower in Japan, I think called in japanese abujiron.

A prayer for Japan

Please join me in a prayer for all the people of Japan, for the thousand of victims of the tsunami, the survivors and moreover the incredibly brave and altruistic worker of the Fukushima nuclear plant, that decided to sacrifice their lives for offer a future to the other people in their country.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Small Jinja at Hachiyakushi, near Iwaki

This small temple is in Hachiyakushi, near Iwaki, prefecture of Fukushima, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the pictures below show the sea just across the road. After the tremendous tsunami of 11th March 2011, all the coastal area has been devastated, but here the wave was a little weaker, I hope this temple has survived..
I feel terribly sad and sorry for all the victims of the tsunami and moreover for the victim of the nuclear disaster, my deepest sympathy goes to all the brave worker that decided to sacrifice they lives for ensure a future to the other people of Japan. I pray for Japan and all his marvellous people.

On April 16th I found news about this place: The tori is safe, very little damage to the bridge barrier, but the nearby village of Hachiyakushi had suffered relatively small damages from the tsunami. See this video post tsunami on youtube.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


What happened there? This is a "tori" a holy gate on the sea side near Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, where the tsunami struck on Friday 11th March 2011. I think nothing is left there anymore. I took this pictures in Summer 2009.