Updated: Mar 11, 2021
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear meltdown that devastated Tohoku, Japan. Last year, we published a work by MW Larson that looks at that disaster and its aftermath through four personal narratives. In a recent review, The Japan Times called When the Waves Came "a somber and moving look at four experiences of the disaster and its aftermath."
Larson follows his protagonists for years. Well after the media has turned its focus elsewhere, he captures the often heartbreaking tales of people struggling to survive in the face of an indifferent bureaucracy caught up in the hoopla of the coming Olympic Games.
Ten years after the waves came, there is still so much to do for the people of Tohoku. If you're so inclined, one good organization to look to is Peace Winds.