Earlier this year I wrote a story to accompany the above video about my quest to reconnect with some tsunami survivors and it gives all the background I wanted to share about this episode.
However, in the article I did not go into much detail about the difficulty of doing such a video. Carrying all my video gear is enough of a task alone, but then cramming in clothes and toiletries further complicates matters. Dragging this gear around the ruins of Minami Sanriku while also trying to track down people, get enough vision to tell the story and also be sensitive to the hardships that the local people had endured was a true challenge.
I was thinking of also using a strap-on camera so I could capture all of the action but I didn’t think it would be appropriate to barge in to shops, homes and businesses asking questions with the cameras rolling. The people were very friendly and helpful and I would have loved to have been able to get vision of them, but I drew a line there.