Present Day Fukushima Tomioka Filmed Using Flying Drones
More than three years have passed since the catastrophic Tohoku earthquake, and although many are still struggling to rebuild their lives due to the damage left by the tsunami, there are still areas that remain uninhabitable. Take the town of Tomioka for example, located in the northeast area of the island and home to the Fukushima nuclear power plant, this coastal town was once home to some 16,000 residents. Although it is estimated to be decades until radiation is brought down to an acceptable level for living, that has not stopped Tokyo-based photography company, HEXaMedia, from capturing the current state of Tomioka. Shot with the help of aerial drones, Tomioka has become a ghost town as personal belongings are left strewn all over fields, homes are near-toppled and boats lay in the middle of roads. Through it all, however, you cannot help but admire the beautiful cherry blossoms flourishing amidst the destruction.