Day 2 in TOHOKU, Japan // 6 Years after the Tsunami


Good morning, everyone! It’s Day 2 in Tohoku! Yesterday, we left the town of Iwate-machi and headed east, heading for the coast of north Japan. [TOHOKU: 6 Years After the Quake] When I first found out we were coming here I have to admit, I was little nervous to see what it would be like. But, it’s since years since then (the Tsunami) and I’m excited to see how the towns have begun to rebuild Our first stop is Koishihama, a bay that is famous for its scallops! Today we’re meeting a fishmerman who works here. (“Don’t forget to put on your life jacket!”) So for today’s scallops I was thinking… there are some about 4 – 5 cm’s wide then there are some about one year older than that then we’ll see the next batch, another year older. Those are the one’s we’re actually farming now. We’ll try and pick a few then I thought maybe, you might want to try a taste? Really?! Wow! I’m excited to try! Morning guys! We are actually on a boat right now doing something a little different. Yesterday we ate the bento box that had scallops inside of it but today we’re actually going fishing for scallops! Out here in the ocean! The only thing is that Six years ago the tsunami hit here and there was a huge disaster but there are still so many people who are working hard to rebuild the area. So we’re meeting with a fisherman today to talk about how he’s still getting the best scallops and so come along! Let’s see how it goes! Morning, Charly!! So, first he showed us the smaller scallops. (They’re so cute and pretty!) then he showed us the ones that are a year older. ( ” THESE ARE SCALLOPS?! “) and then the next level up were ready to eat! Very ready to eat… Oh my gosh… the rawest, freshest scallops in my life! Here I go! TASTY!! What is this high-end breakfast!?!? That is probably the most delicious scallop or seafood that I’ll probably have for a long time! This is ridiculous! That was a delicious scallop. Right, Charly? Yeah it was amazing! Best scallop ever! On this train line they also have tours so if you want to try and you’re into scallops (AND I KNOW YOU ARE ) If you’re into scallops then you should definitely come over here!! He told us a story, about the day he was out fishing when the earthquake and tsunami came. But it only took him about half a year to get going and start working again. I’m just kind of taking it all in… bit by bit. What they’re slowly showing us today is a lot of the places that were really affected by the earthquake and tsunami that happened in 2011. So this place up here that we’re seeing is one of the ruins that’s still left standing. I’ve never been anywhere near here before. All of this is really a first look for me. So, let’s go take a first look together. That sign over there it points how far up the Tsunami actually hit. The 15.1 meters You can see there are cars going by but all of that was under water. RIKUZENTAKATA is the name of the town where we are. This is where we are. The station completly disappeared. “We will not forget: the tsunami that attacked our city” There are a few abandoned reminders and signposts showing how high the Tsunami struck [14.5 meters, up to the 5th floor ] even standing here and looking at these images it’s really hard to imagine what it was like to be there. The first time I ever heard of this region, “TOHOKU” was 6 years ago. “TOHOKU DAISHINSAI” “GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE,” When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s northeast coast. For me, as a foreigner looking in who never had heard of this place Until now, “Tohoku” meant “Tragedy”. But now that I’m here and looking at things you can see that next to almost every memory of the tragedy there’s a sign that they’re rebuilding. A lot of people say that nothings left in Tohoku anymore but it’s not that nothing’s left they’re actually building everything. The earth that we’re standing on right now, they built this! There’s a hotel back there, and they just built that! The earth and the walls are being built higher and safer This is a model but, this was a mountain. But they broke down the mountain and built a conveyor built bridge that takes the sand and earth over to these parts. Because one of the ways that they’re rebuilding is reinforcing by making the land higher. So that if there were another Tsunami in the future people can be at a higher elevation off the sea level and hopefully safer. meeting with the fisherman and made me understand more about Japan. I feel like I have a deeper understanding of Japan now that’s more than just fun in a big city or hanging out with friends People live here. These are their lives! I feel like I got to take part in that a little bit. So, I’m really glad I came. Before the day was out, we visited a local chef who hand-delivered meals to people in the area who lost their homes. Six years later, he’s still uniting people in the region with his food! ” What’s your favorite food??” “All foods!” “That’s perfect!!” Hello everyone, we are back! We’re trying out something special! Turns out, there’s actually an Italian restaurant in town that’s doing something a little bit different than what you expect. As you see behind me… There’s Charly and the most wonderful Master Chef! Cooking up some Italian food Using only the best food that was caught around here. Scallops look familiar?? Some local winter spinach! 3x more nutritious than summer spinach! White wine! Oh my gosh, the food just came!! It smells so good! It looks so good! Wowwww!! Thanks! (In french, to Charly) Fresh wakame seaplant, perfectly in season! This spinach is SERIOUSLY delicious! Everything is so good! The wakame is raw! I just added it at the end! It’s raw and fresh! It’s GOOD! Here in “sanriku”, along the coast is the region that was most hit by the Tsunami and chef here uses all the vegetables and all the products from the sea, from there! So, this is really neat!! While we were eating he told us more stories about how he volunteered. But he also shared one special word for us to take home with us. “GANBAPPESHI!” GANBAPPESHI!!! It’s different from plainly saying ‘GANBARE’ because “GANBAPPESHI” implies “together” To say “we can overcome, together!” you say not “ganbare” or “ganbatte” here, we say “GANBAPPESHI” Tohoku, six years later. When you visit the area, and meet the people there you can see that they’re literally moving mountains. They’re going to build new homes over there. They work together, help to grow and eat together they’re building together something strong and new. There’s a tree in this region, called the Miracle, the last pine tree left standing after the disaster. It’s one of the tallest things you could see in the city and now they’re beginning to build around it For more details about the changes in the Tohoku region and about things you can do if you visit there check the link in the description below this video. It was such an eye-opening experience and I’m so grateful for the chance to come here. So, until next time… To the people along the coast of Tohoku GANBAPPESHI!!!

77 thoughts on “Day 2 in TOHOKU, Japan // 6 Years after the Tsunami

  1. Your videos needs to be shown on NHK Japan because it's very interesting and also informative :D. Thank you for sharing!.

  2. watching this was a little saddening, thinking about those 15,000 or so people that lost their lives that day. I loved this video. seeing the people rebuild and have new hope…good video. very fun and heartwarming.

  3. I didn't know that a lot of ruins are still there and it was good to know. Thank you for making this wonderful video, ロレッタちゃん!

  4. Great video! its good to see the progress <3
    it's also saddening to think about the impact it had on the people and the prefecture as a whole. but inspirational to see that some people aren't giving up and are rebuilding with the future in mind ~

  5. Even after six years, it brings tears to my eyes to see anthing of the areas affected by the tsunami. But you showed us that the people there did not just survive it but are reviving their towns, business, and life. Thank you very much, Lotetta, for putting this video together.

  6. すごいビデオ!楽しいし、教育的だし、めっちゃくちゃ好きだよー

    I love scallops but those fresh scallops looked amazing! So did the pasta! The story behind Tohoku is so sad. I'm glad they are starting to rebuild what they once had. Thanks for creating this and getting awareness out there cause I had no idea. Amazing content and video!

  7. 南海トラフも東京直下型地震もあります。日本にいる間は必ず来ると思って生活してください。

  8. Thanks Loretta for another documentary style~ video! ??‍♂️?

  9. It makes me happy that more people are learning about Tohoku! It was truly an honor to visit Minamisanriku and learn the stories of the people who have survived this tragic event. But most importantly it stuck with me how work and effort their all putting in together to rebuild what they have lost! That is what I call a true community があんっぺし!

  10. KemushiChan! I am glad you went to Porco Rosso! I went to that restaurant two years ago (it was delicious) so I am glad to see that the place and lovely chef is still there(^v^)

  11. This is such a quality vid. Thanks for making the most inspired and feel good video like this:) #HellofromThailand

  12. Today marks 6 years since the earthquake and tsunami that stuck the northeast coast in Japan. I remember when people began posting videos on YouTube of their homes been washed away, it was chilling to stand in the same place (Rikuzentakata and more). I was only able to stay a day but talking to the people who survived the disaster, and seeing it for myself helped really understand more about the strength and beauty of the people who are rebuilding across Tohoku. Ganbappeshi!

  13. がんばんべい
    がんばんべぇ
    がんばっぺぇ NOT gun bop pay ??
    がんばっぺ がんばっぺし 東北 東日本 all japan

  14. Your video had me in tears. The Tohoku Earthquake was devastating, but it's very uplifting to see the resilience, hope, and determination of the people whose lives were indelibly affected by this tragedy. Thank you for your very thoughtful video.

  15. 東北を紹介してくれて、ありがとう!今日、この日を忘れずに、前に進んでいきます。

  16. 大切な日にこんな素敵なビデオあげてくれてありがとう!

  17. I'm here in Tohoku and was here three years ago when the after math was a bit fresh. I had children during English camp who were living in temporary homes in Tanohata who mothers died. It was devastating and I didn't know how to bring joy to these children's life. But we tried our best and gave them as much fun and entertainment as we could. I hope they have gone on to do well.

  18. Also students from one of my junior high schools on Friday had a prayer ceremony for the victims. It was moving and even one of the kids (who I think had a relative die from the incident was crying). It was painful to watch but necessary.

  19. Amazing how six years can already have made such a huge difference. The people living there have such strong hearts and caring smiles. Thank you for making this video and highlighting some of their heartwarming stories.

  20. Building in areas that were prone to flooding is insane. Rebuilding after they were flooded in the same areas after countless people were killed is no less insane. Nature didn't care the first time. What makes you think she will care any time after that? Just like putting a nuclear power plant by the tsunami prone ocean in the most earthquake active region in the world is insane. Humanity never learns until humanity is tired of getting the same results. That would be a much more inspirational video.

  21. That opening shot ✨so pretty. Even though it's so grim here the colours are so beautiful ?? the orange and the greys ughhhhh I love it

  22. 日本人ですら知らない事が多いからね、ありがたい。

  23. 東北の食べ物はおいしいよね。
    三陸には行った事ないけど、いつかまとまった休暇とれたら行ってみることにするよ。
    英語だからわからない所も多いけど勇気づけられるいい動画でした。
    ありがとう。

  24. 素晴らしいレポートですね、ありがとうございます。

  25. 宮城県民です。来てくれてありがとうございました。

  26. 西日本在住の私にとって東北は遠いくてなかなか行けませんが、震災の一週間前に福島の出身の友人の帰省に同行しました。その一週間後に地震があり、とてもショックで複雑な思いでした。福島の現状をみる機会も少なく一日も速い復興を願う反面、自分自身で確かめる勇気がありませんでした。今回、ケムシちゃんがレポートしてくれた映像を見ながら、やっぱり一度訪ねてみたい思いに駆られました。ありがとう。

  27. 昨日の夕方のTBS系のNスタで、ロレッタさんが出てたのみましたよ!ちょうどのこのmovieが紹介されてましたね。

  28. rather than rebuilding. just let nature takes its course. no one wants to live there anymore. it just brings bad memories.

  29. I'm so glad that I discovered such a lovely woman like you ^-^ Thank you for making this video. You did a great job hehe <3

  30. Such an amazing video! I loved everything about it! I'm going to watch all of your videos 🙂

  31. I totally feel for the Japanese. HOWEVER THE NUCLEAR ONGOING DISASTER IN FUKUSHIMA IS FRIGHTENING TO SAY THE LEAST.

  32. You lucky fish! Makes me want to visit and pay tribute. So surreal when you speak like a local ?

  33. This is such an uplifting video update on japans rebuilding. Thank you so much for posting.

  34. I'm confused so how is the sea life ateble when the fukashima power plant is still leaking and killing millions of sea life in the Pacific going into California. So it's either this leak still going on is a lie or it never happened.

  35. At 3:38 to 3:40 notice the white orb around the sign showing how high the tsunami hit.

  36. Are these areas affected by radiation? If so, has it been irradicated?

  37. you realize the seafood is radioactive right? I mean do you want the whole world to be as stupid as you?

  38. I'm from Kamaishi, Iwate. So I just wanted to say thank you for visiting and uploading this video? Ppl are really nice and warm in Tohoku, food is amazing and actually there are a lot to see there! Please come visit again!

  39. 渋谷や原宿だけが日本じゃない、こういう所も本当の日本を知る貴重な場所です。被災地を見に行くなんて観光客だったらやらないと思うけど、そういう所にも目を向けるロレッタさんの真摯な姿勢に感心します。これからも興味深い動画を期待しています !!

  40. I often wonder if the tsunami was nature’s karma because of Taiji and the murdering of dolphins & whales…..

  41. 🙁 Türkiye den en derin üzüntülerimi sunarım. Doğanın yıkıcı gücü karşısında bazen biz insanlar aciz kalıyoruz.. 🙁

  42. Japanese people are workhorses, when disasters hit they just use engineering and get their way out of it. Crazy and awesome people

  43. 日本人をバカにし、差別する動画を偶然見つけて気分を害してしまった。
    でも、この動画で少し落ち着いた。
    あなたのような外国人がいる事に感謝。

  44. You are a great interviewer and I think you have found your calling. You put a smile on the Japanese people that you meet and that's priceless,,,,,,,,,Good for you, they need a little of your kindness,,,,,,,

  45. So glad they decided to start over and rebuild. The last time there was a tsunami was 1933, but it wasn't as high as 2011. So many died from being too complacent. It was found the entire coast dropped more than a meter!

  46. My heart and respect goes out to those who died during the Japanese Tsunami 🙁 I love the Japanese people.

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