Gumboots and Shochu.

After our first trip to Otsuchi to deliver food and supplies we returned home to forecasts of snow and freezing weather. With supplies still on hold due to fuel shortages we decided to turn around and go back again with a second van load of supplies.

This time we took fuel for heaters, water, food and warm clothing… here’s a few images of how Otsuchi looks 12 days following the Tsunami. Thank you to all of the residents of Niseko that donated so generously – I hope the smiles you see in this short film will help you to see that your generosity brought some warmth and happiness into the lives of those surviving the Tsunami.

This short film is a sequel to A Small Relief Effort and a summary of what we experienced from our second trip.

Otsuchi - 12 days after the Tsunami.

Otsuchi - 12 days after the Tsunami.

A shattered Tsunami wall.

A shattered Tsunami wall.

A old woman wanderes the streets, searching.

A old woman wanderes the streets, searching.

Fully loaded.

Fully loaded.

Room for a bit more.

Room for a bit more.

Typical scene.

Typical scene.

Stoked with the gumboots!!

Stoked with the gumboots!!

Make shift.

Make shift.