Miyagi #Day2-1 The Great East Japan Earthquake memorial museum

There is a small hill on the other side of the hotel we stay where the sidewalk with red colored fence is around it. As I can't help noticing I drop by before going to The Great East Japan Earthquake memorial museum.

We park a motorbike at a port. The people working in construction there take us to the sidewalk. The place feels like a holy place for me. Is that because I'm Japanese? It looks like time flies slowly. I start to walk slowly too. In the middle of the sidewalk I find a stairs to the summit of the hill and walk up.

There is a shrine on top of the hill and the owner of it lives there too. Then we walk back down the stairs. A small space with roof called Ukiyo-do is around the start of it. The fence is red and the roof is light green. It looks like a holy place too for me, it's just a normal place though. I want to take pictures of it but I give up since there are other people too. I only take a picture of it with no people.


Ukiyo-do.

 

Then we go to The Great East Japan memorial museum in Kesennuma city, where is a main spot in our trip to Miyagi. In Miyagi prefecture there are some other damaged places too. The reason for choosing here to visit is that I was shocked just from the pictures here. In addition I have a solid image for Kesennuma city as "Kesennuma city was the worst damaged place by earthquake."

The part of memorial museum is the high school, that was actually damaged at that time and is kept as it was. There is almost nothing around the museum. I wonder if there used to be something before the earthquake. First I see a video saying how things were like in the city on that day March 11, the earthquake happened. 

The sign in front says "nurse's office".

What you can see in the video is all real. There are some parts people recorded on their phone. Their conversation, saying and crying at that time are all in the video.

In the video, I hear people screaming. I hear people saying "Run, anyway! runaway right now!" to the people who was still driving in the city as Tsunami was coming nearby.  I don't know if he or she was actually in the middle of running away.

Textbooks at that time have stayed as it was.

A lot of water is coming into the city from the ocean. The ships got all away by the water. I'm shocked how easy it is. The city is getting covered with water. I hear people crying since their house got away. It's really tough for me to keep on watching and listening to it. After the water's flowing stopped then fire started left and right. Actually the power of the water going back to ocean is more powerful than coming from ocean. I've learned lessons a lot how I should act the next time natural disaster happens.

After watching the video we walk around the school. The school has three floors. But in a class on the third floor, there is a car being upside down, a big wood that is about 20-meter-long. I wonder how they were flown into a class at such a height. Five broken cars are outside. The roof of the sports hall is gone. There used to be a building for freezing fresh fish near the school and it was flown too, then bumped against the school. However, fortunately, the school was a little damaged at the edge. What a relief.

When this such a terrible disaster happened, American army in Japan gathered there to do "Tomodachi sakusen" or a strategy for my friends. In a word, they gathered to save and help people there. When I see the photos of that I am about to cry, actually. It doesn't matter where you are from. Just save as many lives as possible. I can learn how beautiful the feeling is "do for someone". 

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ホテルの向こうに、赤い柵の遊歩道で覆われた小さな丘があって、ちょっと気になったので東日本大震災伝承館に行く前に寄った。
バイクを港に止めて、入り口付近で工事しているおじさんに案内されて、遊歩道へ。赤い柵ってだけで神聖な場所に感じるのは日本人だからかな?遊歩道自体は普通の遊歩道なんだけど。ゆっくりとした時間が流れて、自然と歩くスピードもゆっくりになって。途中、頂上へつながる階段を見つけて登った。頂上は神社がありました。神主さんもここに住んでいるみたい。階段付近に、浮御堂と呼ばれる小さな休憩所があって、本当に、ごく普通の、柵が赤色で屋根が薄い緑色で出来た休憩所なんだけど、それだけでとっても神聖な場所に見えた。写真撮りたかったけど、他にもお客さんがいたので断念。人物無しの休憩所だけで撮影しました。

そのあとは、宮城旅行でのメインの場所、東日本大震災伝承館へ。宮城県にはいくつか、東日本大震災跡地があるんだけど、その中でも気仙沼市のここを選んだのは、写真で見ただけでも衝撃だったから。あとは「東日本大震災の被災地:気仙沼市」というイメージが一番強かったから。伝承館は、被災した学校の当時の状態がそのまま残されています。伝承館の周りはなにもなくて、震災前は色々建ってたのかなぁって思ったり。伝承館に入って最初は映像を見た。地震が発生した時の、市内にあったカメラの映像。市民がカメラで撮った映像。市民の映像はその時の会話も録音されているのでリアル。地震が発生してから、海から大量の水が、船が、どんどん街に入ってきて。船ってこんな簡単に流されてしまうの?と衝撃だった。ゆっくり、ゆっくりと浸水していく市内。映像で見ると水の流れがゆっくりに見えたけど、実際どうなんだろう。水がそこまで来ているのに市内をうろうろしている車。(逃げる途中なのか、まだ大丈夫だと思ったのか、どっちかは分からない)それを見て、「逃げて!!!早く逃げて!!!」と叫ぶ市民。お構いなくどんどん流れてくる水。自分の家が流されていくのを見て泣く人。その泣き声を聞くのがとても辛かった。水の流入が落ち着くと今度は火災が多発したんだそう。そして実は水の流入よりも引き潮の威力が大きいなど、次起きた時にどう行動した方がいいか、指針に繋がりそうなことを学ぶことが出来た。

映像のあとは校舎を見学。どうやってこの高さまで流れてきたんだろう、と思うほど、信じられないものが流されている。車、20メートルはありそうな大木。校舎の外にも車が5台ほど絡まっていた。体育館の屋根も一つも残ってない。この校舎の近くに、魚を保管する冷凍所みたいのがあり、その冷凍所も流されたんだって。この学校の方に流れてきて、ぶつかったけど、運よく校舎の端をかすっただけだった。良かった…
 
この震災があったとき、「トモダチ作戦」で米軍も駆け付けたんだって。日本・アメリカ、国関係なく一人でも多くの命を救う。その時の写真も残されているんだけど、涙が止まらなかった。「誰かのために」という気持ちの美しさを知ることが出来た。

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