While I am in Futaba I am accompanied by a married couple, Mitsuru and Kikuyo Tani (aged 74 and 71), who show me the house from which they were evacuated. They visit it regularly but due to the regulations they can do this a maximum of once a month, and only for a few hours at a time. They take advantage of these opportunities even though they gave up hope of returning permanently a long time ago. They check to see if the roof is leaking and whether the windows have been damaged by the wind or wild animals. If necessary they make some minor repairs. Their main reason for returning however is sentimental and the attachment they feel to this place. A yearning for the place in which they have their origins and spent their entire lives.
I’ve collected some images that were circulating on Mlkshk recently, based on a Tweet by Brett O’Connor.
this tweet is so important it must become an image, removing it from any chance at accessibility, and dooming it to compression rot— Brett O'Connor (@negatendo) August 4, 2015