March 12: The First Meal After the Earthquake / Sales 24 “There was a time when I walked around Kokubuncho, where I normally don’t go, in search of a bento for dinner.”
This article introduces the sticky notes visitors contributed and shows what the panels looked like during the exhibition period of “March 12: The First Meal After the Earthquake ––– When, Where, and What Did You Eat?” For the summary of each exhibited panel, please check out the [INDEX] page.
[Fall 2014] Exhibited Panels
Exhibition Period: October 1st to November 16th, 2014
Venue: Sendai Mediatheque
Comments by Visitors about the Panels
Some comments are not directly related to the photo content or location.
▷There was a time when I walked around Kokubuncho, where I normally don’t go, in search of a bento for dinner.
▷My workplace was near Ichibancho, so at lunchtime, we took turns going out and buying food. It was the most complete meal of the day. The gas lines hadn’t been restored yet, so it seemed that restaurants improvised their menu items. I was really grateful.
▷Within about 4 or 5 days after March 11, 2011, the town started to come back to life, albeit gradually, and regained its “human” character.
People from many different backgrounds visited this exhibition, including people from Sendai City, as well as people from everywhere, including coastal areas, inland areas, inside and outside of Miyagi Prefecture, and inside and outside of Japan. There were also both adults and children, and these people left comments on sticky notes about what they remembered from seeing exhibited photos at the time of the disaster. Here, the original text comments that were left are posted without editing. Also, English text in gray are translations of Japanese texts.
“Stores Selling Bentos on the Street” *
March 18th, 2011
Hapina Nakakecho Shopping Street, 2-1-26 Chuo, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Recorded by: KOCHIZAWA Masayuki7
Photo Collection “3.11 Record of Memory—3.11 Disaster that Citizens Took as Record of Memory—”
Issued and provided by: 20th Century Archive Sendai
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 (recorder311).
Please check out the [INDEX] page for the summary of each exhibited panel and utilization/application examples.