I endeavoured to seek out some of the places where I had been in Sept 2011. Below is a factory where we spent a day scrubbing rust from metal brackets, for a not particularly clear purpose. There were no walls there when we worked there. See http://ponkanchan.blogspot.jp/2011/09/rikuzen-takada-7-what-we-did-fri.html It now seems to be a nama-kon (fresh concrete) factory. Concrete is be a boom product in the race to rebuild tsunami walls etc. It's pretty political as construction companies historically have a thick money trail that leads to politicians, and sometimes the underworld with a lot of corrupt dealing. (Think TEPCO and Fukushima.)
The pictures further are going around the bay to Hirota peninsula. I didn't have a very good sense of where we had volunteered without reference to a map (the one on my phone was too small to make out clearly) so we didn't go to Hirota-cho or Otomo-cho where I'd been in 2011.
View Rikutaka in a larger map
This is the factory on the map
|The view from the high land at the opening to the Hirota peninsula. These homes would have been above the tsunami level.|
|We didn't venture far down the peninusula & didn't go to the Otomocho school|
or the Hirota cho area where we did volunteer work - picking out and picking up debris.