It’s a windy Sunday morning on Japan’s remote Oshima Island, in Miyagi Prefecture, as Mitsue Murakami stops her car at an empty, modest-sized patch of ground. This was the site of the seaside inn that her family had operated for almost four decades. But in March 2011, the two-story building was swallowed by a towering… Read More
Two colleagues and I recently shared a truly inspiring experience. Mari Nagahara, Yukari Mitsuno and I had the honor of representing NVIDIA for a visit to the city of Kesennuma on Japan’s northeast coast. This is an area that was heavily affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan two years ago. We went… Read More
A year after pondering retirement, Osamu Sasaki spent a recent cold, windy late-autumn morning sitting ramrod straight in a 16-ton crane truck, gingerly lifting exterior wall parts from truck beds. The 62-year-old skillfully placed them onto the second floor of a new apartment building, nudging forward the reconstruction effort, piece by piece, for tsunami victims… Read More
“Yuck, the salmon is so slimy!” says seven-year-old Haruki Oyama excitedly, as he touches a freshly killed catch. Haruki and 15 other elementary school children from the area were gathered by a river in northeastern Japan on a recent fall morning to learn the tricky business of salmon farming. Local volunteer fishermen showed the secrets… Read More
Like so many others, Martina Umemura wanted to help the victims of Japan’s tsunami in whatever way she could.
Tomohiro Kashiwagi hops out of the white van that I’ve been following, as I ease my rental car into his driveway. “Do you smell that?” he asks. At first, it’s hard to identify. Fried chicken? Tempura? Neither, actually. The scent is coming from the tailpipe of Kashiwagi’s van. “This van runs on the biodiesel fuel that we make here,” he says, patting the hood.
Four in the afternoon on a clear, scorching mid-summer Monday, and Jun Saichi is behind the wheel of his 2.5-ton Mitsubishi trailer truck. Through the open windows, he can smell the sea, as the tiny fishing harbors of Minamisanriku, a town on Japan’s northeastern coast, whiz by. Occasionally, he catches glimpses of gray and green: weeds intruding on the broken concrete remains of homes destroyed by the tsunami more than a year earlier.
Balletic isn’t a term that’s often applied to a pâtissier. But in Kuriko Miura’s case, the description seems a good fit. In the kitchen where she whips up batches of Swiss roll cakes – cylindrical sponge cakes with a swirl of cream inside – she moves with the swift, graceful efficiency of someone who, despite her youth, has been at it for years.
KESENNUMA, Japan – When you’ve been selling things for as long as Norifumi Sato has and have his talent for the hard sell, you recognize a good thing when you see it. From the moment a year ago when Sato reported for his first day of work at a mulberry tea company, in Japan’s northern prefecture of Iwate, “I just knew this was it,” he recalled.
NVIDIA is helping school kids in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan get back on their feet, quite literally, with the opening of a multipurpose athletic field at a school in Kesennuma City. The effort is part of our Operation Kizuna efforts to spur recovery following last year’s disaster. In the wake of the tragedy, Shishiori Junior High… Read More
If you had never visited Japan’s tsunami-ravaged coast until this week, the bleak landscape where homes and businesses once stood would be sobering. Having watched the relief effort and the recovery, my visits back to the Tohoku region have been increasingly reassuring. In fact, my recent visit with colleagues from PlaNet Finance Japan and Yukari… Read More