Story of Japanese Citizens Seeking Their Families After the Tsunami

Japan ravaged by the tsunami as high as 14 meters. One of the severely impacted areas, the Miyagi Prefecture. This area now looks like a stretch of terrain with the carcasses pile of iron, wood, and the human body.

As reported by Time, Tuesday (15/03/2011), Roads in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi, wet with sea water and mud puddles. Some residents appear to be on the road, looking for missing relatives.

One of them is Masahira Kasamatsu (76), a farmer from outside the city of Sendai. Masahira came with his wife Emiko to find his most precious treasure, Yoko Oosato, his daughter who lives in Sendai.

“I’m looking for my son. His name is Yoko Oosato whether you see it?” Masahira said.

Masahira daughter, Yoko, have lived in Sendai for more than 30 years. Her daughter worked at the Sendai Airport who took part destroyed by the flood of sea water and earthquakes. Airport itself was filled with debris, mud, the carcasses of cars and planes.

Masahira told, after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 and, with his wife, he went to Sendai to drive their personal cars, to search for Yoko. Masahira contact her since the tsunami struck Sendai, unfortunately the phone calls is not bearing fruit.

It took 3 days to reach Sendai. The roads leading to Sendai Airport barely passable. In the middle of the road, vehicle fuel discharged Masahira, Masahira and Emiko spend the night in their cars, without heating and fuel. The next day, Masahira decided to walk to reach Sendai airport.

“I know so many died in the airport,” he said.

When entering the airport Sendai, Masahira can see car pile as high as 6 meters and a few pine trees that break down the walls of the building.

“I know that my child may be only one, among so many dead. But my deepest hope is that he is still alive. That’s the only prayer now,” said Masahira.

Not only Emko Masahira and searching for ‘treasure’ hers, thousands of Japanese families continue to look for their relatives who disappeared after the tsunami struck Japan’s largest ever.

In northern Japan, the family continues to search for their missing relatives. They still do not know whether the people they love are still alive or already dead. Some 10,000 people remain missing to this day.


~ oleh endjoyaja pada Maret 15, 2011.

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