We’re fast approaching the 10th year since the Great East Japan Earthquake toppled the region of Tohoku, and caused mass devastation throughout Northeast Japan.
The destructive quake which measured a magnitude of 9 – making it the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan (so powerful in fact, a brief tremble which caused much fuss in East Japan last week has been theorised to be an aftershock of the massive earthquake almost 10 years to the day) – not only triggered powerful tsunami waves that led to the explosion of the Fukushima power plants, but also moved the island ofHonshu 2.4 meters east, shifted the Earth’s axis and increased the planet’s rotational speed.

As you can imagine, damage on land was, and in some places still is, extensive. Not only that, but, if we take a look beneath the waves of the Sanriku Coastline, we can see how aquatic life was also affected by the earthquake.

From Wednesday 10 March to 4 April, 2021, Miyagi Television Broadcasting Co. will hold a special exhibition showcasing the natural regeneration of the Sanriku coast at the Sendai Uminomori Aquarium.

In the exhibition, the work of Yasuaki Kagii will be exhibited. Yasuaki Kagii is an underwater photographer noted for diving into the sea of ​​Iwate prefecture immediately after the earthquake in order to document the damage. He has also regularly captured the state of the Sanriku sea and how it has been regenerating in the years following the devastating quake.

Additionally, Japan’s leading underwater photographer, Ikuo Nakamura, will also participate in the exhibition, providing emotive content that evokes hope for the future of the Sanriku coastline.

Yasuaki Kagii and Ikuo Nakamura Special Underwater Photo Exhibition

Dates: 10 March – 4 April, 2021
Times: 10:00 – 17:00(10 March – 19 March), 9:00 – 17:30 (20 March – 4 April)
Location: Sendai Uminomori Aquarium 2nd Floor Exhibition Room
Exhibition Admission: Admission is free, but admission to the aquarium is required.

The exhibition will display imagery that conveys the power and strength of the ocean, the marine life that lives there, and the fight to revive and restore the beauty of the Sanriku coast.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.