Three Months Later by Toshiya Watanabe

A series of huge disasters; gigantic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear powerplant accidents, all hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

My hometown is only 8 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The day after the earthquake, the government of Japan ordered its residents to leave their home. My hometown is now no-go zone.

On June 12, three months after the earthquake, I was given a chance to go back to my parents' house, which was within the restricted area. My first priority was to pick up my family album that was full of old memories.

These photographs were made three months after these disasters.

Toshiya Watanabe is a Japan based photographer.

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Man puts on protective wear to enter Nuclear Evacuation Zone - 20km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


The checkpoint at the entrance to the restricted area - 20km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


Main street of Namie - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


Namie Station - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


Main street of Namie - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


The house of my childhood friend - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


Shoe store - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 


Toy shop - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 


Sneaker - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 


Map - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 


A fallen traffic sign - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 


My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 


A newspaper, dated March 12, that was left on a doorstep - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 


My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 


My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 


My parents' house - 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 


Abandoned dogs - 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power 


Tsunami-hit area - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


Tsunami-hit area - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 


Cenotaph - 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 

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