March 12: The First Meal After the Earthquake – Index –

3.11 Archive of Memories & Recorder311 Collaborative Project

About “March 12: The First Meal After the Earthquake ––– When, Where, and What Did You Eat?

The project is a participation style exhibition that exhibits photos of “meals” at the time of the disaster, such as photos related to emergency food distribution, grocery shopping, and people sharing meals at a table. Visitors were free to write sticky notes about what they remembered after seeing the photos and how they lived at the time. This exhibition was planned collaboratively by 3.11 Archive of Memories (at the time, called 20th Century Archive Sendai) and the center for remembering 3.11 (reccorder311).

 

Read the explanations of “The Activity Report of the Center for Remembering 3.11 ”

 

Exhibited panels are divided into different categories. You can also click each thumbnail image to see the panel details and images of the sticky notes that visitors contributed during the exhibition period.

 

Categories

|  Individually Owned Stores  |  Convenience Stores and Supermarkets  |  Preserved Food and Relief Supplies  |  Emergency Food Distribution  |  Sales  |  Cooking and Preparation  |  People Waiting in Lines  |  People Having Meals  |  Products  |  Handwritten Signs  |  Other  |

 

 

 

Individually Owned Stores

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I lost someone I loved and didn’t care about what I would eat.   Restaurants that use propane gas kept their businesses open for us.   My child was still small, and I could not go outside, so people in the neighborhood bought extra eggs and meat for our family at the morning market.
March 12th, 2011
Aoba Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: SHINOHARA Haruki
  March 13th, 2011
Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: URUSHIDA Yoshitaka
   

March 15th, 2011
Aoba Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: SHINOHARA Haruki

 

 

Convenience Stores and Supermarkets

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The point-of-sale cash register couldn’t be used, so the store used a calculator and a hand-written receipt for us. So grateful.   At the time, I was in grade five and couldn’t do anything. I felt angry at myself for being so powerless, and I felt frustrated.   I shopped for the first time at a convenience store after the earthquake. The shelves were totally empty except for a single can of low-malt beer. I just bought that.

 

March 11th, 2011
Izumi Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: Pochi
  March 13th, 2011
Miyagino Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: TAKAHASHI Reona
  March 15th, 2011
Aoba Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: SHINOHARA Haruki

 

 

Preserved Food and Relief Supplies

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Candles on the wedding cake we stored for over 20 years, ←the gigantic ones!! They did an amazing job. Our bond as husband and wife was revitalized!?

 

  We had a stock of about ten plastic bottles of two-litter water, but our family of five quickly used them up.    

 

 

March 11th, 2011
Aoba Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: TAKAHASHI Reona
  March 16th, 2011
Aoba Ward, Sendai City
Recorded by: ABIKO67
 

 

 

 

▶Read the explanations of “The Activity Report of the Center for Remembering 3.11 ”

 

 

Almost four years have passed since the disaster, and there seems to be less and less opportunity to talk about it, even in Sendai. Probably it is not easy for anybody to look back and talk about it. Yet if it is about “food,” with which all of us had some sort of trouble in that “extra-ordinary” everyday life back then, we believe there are things all of us can talk about regardless of the scale of damage one suffered.
“The First Meal After the Earthquake — When, Where and What Did You Eat?” (in collaboration with the NPO 20th Century Archive Sendai) was a participatory project in which photographs related to “food” during the disaster are exhibited and the audience are invited to write what they were reminded of or what they thought on sticky-notes that is to be put up with the photographs. It was an attempt to provide a trigger for people to re-view the disaster as “their own business.”

pp.106-107, The Activity Report of the Center for Remembering 3.11 (2015)