From Yonesaki we followed route 45 towards Kessennuma, passing by the home of an elderly couple where I worked as a volunteer in 2011. In 2011 there was a lot of heavy debris - a lot of concrete, bitumen from the roads that were washed away and a lot of glass. Apparently many cars turned over here on as they were swept away. When we were up there before the old man was telling how he used to have a very good vegetable patch. There didn't seem to be much in the way of a vegetable patch, though there were quite a lot of sunflowers. I tossed up whether to stop and see how they were, but with the lack of an omiyage and not very much time, I hesitated to do so. Living in such a prominent spot, they probably get stickybeaks (like me) passing through regularly. I doubt this will be rezoned for housing, but they seemed to be doing OK.
|The famous boat of Kessennuma. There has just been a vote taken in Kessenuma and more than 60% of people want the boat removed.|
|Kessennuma seemed to have more fishing port & boats. RT|
had next to nothing remaining - other than the oyster beds that have been
replanted - oysters that people are unlikely to want to buy with TEPCO leaking
radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean.
|A service station in Kessennuma by the water. |
The clock has been left as a memorial of the time at which
the power was cut after the earthquake.