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Strewn but standing. A beautiful shot of a seemingly levitating pine tree uprooted in last year’s tsunami in Japan.
(photo credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images caption: Pine trees, uprooted during last year’s tsunami, lay strewn over the beach in Rikuzentakata, Japan. Areas that were hit hardest still struggle, with the approach of the anniversary of the disaster that left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing.
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Bag’s Take-Away:Now that’s a Japan aftermath pic I entirely missed. Is this also Mother Nature’s heads-up to consumerist/”churn-and-burn” society?
Reuters slideshow retrospective.
(photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters. caption: A Sony playstation controller is seen at an area that was devastated by last week’s earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, north Japan, March 19, 2011.)
A poignant illustration, especially given international denial over historically catastrophic and still-boiling Fukushima nightmare.
(A body crisped?)
Helpless in the face of nature’s wrath, a group of Japanophiles crowdsourced a book of essays and artwork to give a voice to those affected by Japan’s massive earthquake
Read more at The Atlantic
Unless this guy finds a ladder, suggests Japan (up north) might never be whole again.
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Marc Sobel writes (sending link to New Yorker photo booth slide show): Don’t know what to make of this one.
The Bag answers: The “cellophane” one? Does it feel sci-fi. Maybe it has a mutated feeling. Is it partly because it’s a woman, btw? Is part of the feeling of it that she’s a woman/solider?
Marc Sobel answers: All I could get was this and the spirit of the Japanese military. but a very ghostly image. I think it’s a man.
(Photo: Adam Dean/Panos. caption: A Japanese Self-Defense Force soldier looks out at the tsunami devastation reflected in the window in Rikuzen-Takaata, Iwate Prefecture, March 15, 2011. Thousands of people died in this small town seventy kilometers northeast of Sendai.)
In wire pic of Obama’s surprise visit to Japanese Embassy, notice how three light bars on suit lend weird radioactive vibe.
(photo: Pool/Getty Images caption: U.S. President Barack Obama stands in the Japanese Embassy while making a surprise visit March 17, 201 in Washington, DC. Thousands have been killed after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck the northeast coast of the Japan. Presently the country is struggling to contain a potential nuclear meltdown after the nuclear plant was seriously damaged from the quake. via: Obama Visits The Japanese Embassy - Pictures - Zimbio)
Between Quake/Tsunami/Nuke Crisis 2011 and Hiroshima 1948:
The people of the mask.
photo:STF/AFP/GettyImages via: Land of Disaster - An FP Photo Essay | Foreign Policy
D’you ever notice how fast parents disappear once visual media parachutes into a disaster zone?
Neena Sasaki, 5, carries some of the family belongings from her home that was destroyed after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 15 in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi province.
(Paula Bronstein/Getty Images, via the Big Picture)
Up-skirt shot and doofy word play. Not nearly as bad, though, as corny NY Post-style headlines paired with tragic Japan photos.