Entry Title: "After the Quake — Tohoku Now"
Name: Tomoko Goto , Malta
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story, Non-Professional
Entry Description: When a massive tsunami struck Tohoku in March 2011, it changed the landscape forever.
But the news crews have all gone home, and these shattered cities exist in a strange state of detachment from the rest of Japan. It almost feels as though Nature has paused to catch her breath, trapping this region outside of Time.
Walking through these broken coastal cities, I realized that the reshaped landscape doesn’t just reflect our helplessness in the face of natural disaster. It’s also quietly embracing a people’s physical and psychological trauma, as if the land itself were willing to share their pain.