1年と1日後の石巻。(ISHINOMAKI a year and a day later)

 昼頃に着くつもりで出発したのだが、途中那須高原あたりがチェーン規制していると知り、チェーンを買おうと一度宇都宮で高速を降りてカー用品店に行ったり(さすがにもうチェーンは売り切れであったが、心配してNEXCO東日本に電話したら、規制は解除されたらしかった)、渋滞もあったりして、結局現地には3時頃の到着となってしまった。

 早速気の良さそうな社長さんが応対してくれて、ボランティア開始!!! と言ってもこのお店、楽器屋さんであると同時におもちゃも扱っているので、2階の今まで雛人形を飾っていたスペース(既に雛人形は撤去済み)に、五月人形を飾るというのが僕の任務。社員のEさんとIさんと共に、いざ任務開始とあいなった。

 なんでも昨年はこの五月人形を苦労して飾り終わった、まさにその直後に地震と津波が来てしまったのだとか。当然人形は倒れるは、ガラスは割れるは。津波は1階に浸水して流されたものあり、流れて来た物やドロあり、本当に大変だったらしい。しかし社員のEさんの「次は東京の番だし千年に一度しか来ないらしいから、今のうちにこっちに引っ越してくれば!? 」という現地の人しか言えない冗談を聞いて、なんだか「おおっ、現地の人ももうちゃんと上を向いて頑張っているのだな〜」となんとなく安心したりした。

 ところが夕方、仕事を終えて「日和山公園」という津波が来た地帯を全て一望出来る公園に行ったら、言葉が出なかった。ちょうど僕の故郷である横浜の「港の見える丘公園」ぐらいの高さで北上川の河口地帯が一望出来るのだが、「何も無い」というよりも「何もかも失われている」という表現がピッタリで、本当に何もかもが無くなっている感じだったのだ。

 1年経っているはずなのに、まだ打ち上げられた船がそのままになっていたり、港からだいぶ入ったところに大きな缶が打ち上げられていたり…。

 明日は作業後に実際にその地区に行ってみよう、なんて思いつつ、夜は焼き鳥屋さんにGO。月曜日なのでやっている店も少なく、お客さんも集中したのかもしれないが、ほぼ満席で、わりと復興で街は活気を取り戻しつつあるのかもなあ〜、なんて少し安心したりもした。

 さて、明日は朝から1日作業である。ここら辺の人達が1日も早く五月人形を見に来られるようになるように、少しでも戦力になれたら良いなあ〜、なんて思うんである…。

I had started out for ISHINOMAKI, 2 get there by noon. But the time I arrived was around 15. I was late cause I tried 2 get tire chains 2 drive safe on snow. I even got off from the highway once 2 visit a car shop, but they didn't have it.

Luckily, on the phone I knew the condition of the road turned out 2 b safe. But some traffic jam also bothered me.

I supposed 2 work as a volunteer at a local music shop. The shop master welcomed me when I got there. He looked so nice and friendly. And shortly after, the work began.

The work I did was to help displaying the dolls for the Boy's Festival. In Japan, the Boy's Festival is one of the most important ceremony in spring. It would sound weird what I helped was displaying the dolls, but I guess to deal with toys as well as instruments is not so strange for a local music shop.

The workers there told me how they attacked by big earthquake and TSUNAMI on 311 last year. It was just after the dolls had been diplayed. Year the dolls were fallen off from the stage, glass windows were broken, and the TSUNAMI attacked the 1st floor of the shop and drifted many things in and out (The dolls were set on the second floor so they were almost safe). It was in such a chaos on that day.

Suddenly, in the middle of the serious story, one of the workers there relieved me a bit with a joke. He said it smiling "Why don't U move here b4 TOKYO will b attacked. TOKYO's turn will b the next, It's said that the quake of that large happens only once in thousand years" .

I laughed at the joke but several hours later I was kinda forced 2 b serious again. After the work, I visited HIYORIYAMA-PARK located in higher place where I could see the damaged area at one time. The area is around the mouth of KITAKAMI-RIVER.

Well, when I saw the view, I swallowed my breath.

I'd dare to use the expression "everyghing was gone" instead of "nothing was there". Yeah, I'm sure there use 2 B something, like houses, schools, shops, people's daily lives and their smiles. But now, they are all gone….

Yes a year has passed, but still I could see ships left behind drifted up on the river bank and the damaged cars were piled up high on the shore.

The only positive thing was the nightlife there. The place I drunk was so clouded and so vital. I hope it's not just because it was Monday's night and the few bars opened were like "son of a gun" places for the customers. But if it is, I still believe it is positive .

Seemed to me people in ISHINOMAKI regaining their toughness slowly but surely. They are re-building there city right now.

Well, 2morrow I'm supposed 2 work all day. Hopefully I would help to get the dolls displayed as soon as possible, to make people there restore their smiles.
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*雪の中一路石巻へ。たぶんこちらは福島県のどこか。(Drove 2 Ishinomaki in snow. This pict might be took somewhere in FUKUSHIMA. )
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*日和山公園から北上川河口を臨む。(This is the mouth of KITAKAMI river. Viewed from HIYORIYAMA park. )
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*河口の右側はこんな感じ。(This is the right side of the mouth. )
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*一番海側に積んであるのは流されて壊された車。(Broken cars were piled at the shore. Those cars were attacked by TSUNAMI. )
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*津波は河を伝って市街地にも流れ込んだのだとか。(TSUNAMI attacked the heart of the city as well. Sadly the river led the TSUNAMI into the city. )
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*未だ河原に打ち上げられたままの船、わかりますか…。(Can you see the drifted ship left behind, up on the river bank. )

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