Tom Miyagawa Coulton

オーガニック・アメリカンズ
Organic Americans


アーバンアメリカン農業
Urban American Farmers


メトロポリス
Metropolis


イギリスの猫
Cats in the UK


路上通信
Office Speak


瀬戸内海からのハガキ
Postcards from the Seto Inland Sea


奈良のオーガニック茶畑
Young Organic Tea Farmers


雄勝・宮城県
Ogatsu on the Tohoku Coast


ふるさと
Hometown


ベラルーシとチェルノブイリ
Belarus to Chernobyl


アーセナルのファンとは
Good to be a Gooner


毎日の一瞬
Tokyo Dreams



プロフィール
Bio/Work


CONTACT
info@tomcoulton.com
(+81)(0)90-6706-7191
(Extract from an LA Times article on volunteer Chizuru Nakagawa and Ogatsu)

Japan town embraces volunteer who stayed after tsunami
Chizuru Nakagawa has worked 18-hour days to help rebuild Ogatsu since the March 11 quake and tsunami. But instead of just donating weekends, she moved there.
December 06, 2011|By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Ogatsu, Japan — The slender woman in a puffy black ski hat and camouflage pants hurried among the crowd at the opening ceremony for a new vegetable market here, carrying a rolled-up events schedule like an architect with a set of building plans.

Her cellphone never stopped ringing. Between smoking breaks, never finishing an entire cigarette, she dragged tables and ran to consult village elders, playing coordinator. Chizuru Nakagawa isn't a resident of Ogatsu. Rather, she's the volunteer stranger who came and stayed.

"She's more involved than most real residents," merchant Yorio Takahashi said at the opening ceremony, marking the first commerce in Ogatsu since a tsunami wrecked buildings and swept 300 people to their deaths. "She knows what needs to be done."

For months, the 36-year-old Tokyo resident has worked 18-hour days to help rebuild a town she didn't realize existed until the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. She's among the legions of volunteers who have responded to Japan's worst natural disaster, swarming the stricken northeastern coast to clean up wreckage and pound nails into new homes, carrying word that outsiders care about what happens to people here.

(For the rest of the LA Times article click here)