Yuriage & Tohoku: Back on the Map (4K VIDEO)
The following is reshared from our friends at the nicely developing DigitalHubJP, a new Tokyo-based multimedia production & distribution...uhhh, hub. Their doc below was shot with the JVC LS300 and HM200 4K UHD camcorders. We reviewed the LS300 last year.
Until March 11, 2011, Yuriage township in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, was a relatively average coastal community.
It only became known to the world when we witnessed a live newsfeed of its near total destruction. But we already know that story - we know less of the hope that remained, embodied by a group of young women using modern technology to help bring their city back to life, and inspire an entire region of Japan.
Statement from DigitalHubJP:
About Yuriage & Tohoku: Back on the Map
“This documentary brings the viewer to the Yuriage of today, it shows a very different scene from that of 2011. The destruction has been cleaned up and replaced with sheer nothingness - emptiness - with remnants here and there of the structures that once were part of a thriving town...which, in a way, is now thriving once more.
There are the memorials that have been erected, the rebuilding projects, and a new part of the community - the Maple House - where the fish market used to be. And we find vitality and hope and the face of the future in the high school group of girls profiled in this documentary.
They lost their school, friends, and family in the tsunami, but they are spreading hope with their ideas for tourism, their participation in a nationwide contest, and their message to the outside world and to future generations.”
Our Mission: Change the Legacy
“For years, the top Google search result for "Yuriage, Japan" has been a 2011 BBC article entitled "Japanese town of Yuriage 'wiped from the map'." A news report video in the article depicted the disaster and destruction there and gave a real sense of hopelessness.
The words "...It seems impossible that life can ever return to Yuriage" ended the news report. However, the students of Yuriage profiled in our video are proving that wrong with their activities, and we aim to spread that message to the world. By the end of 2016, we intend to see "Yuriage & Tohoku: Back on the Map" overtake that BBC listing and change the narrative of the disaster zone.”