2016 / Kumamoto in two weeks after earthquakes / Photo reports

Cultural News editor and publisher Shige Higashi accomplished the fact-finding tour of  Kumamoto Earthquake from April 29 through May 3. With helps of Ms. Miki Futagoishi, Ms. Emi Kakinoki, Mr. Junya Futagoishi, Toshihiro and Noppawan Iida, Mr. Kei Fukunaga, Mr. Yoshihiro Chiba and Ms. Nobue Kunizaki, the Cultural News editor could take a look at the devastated areas where he could not visit by himself. Higashi visited Kumamoto city, Masiki machi, Mifune machi, and Aso area. Cultural News also thanks Dr. Kazuhiko Nakahara for interviewing local people.

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle viewed from the Ninomaru Ground. The sign of “Announcement. Off Limit, Due to Earthquake” was displayed. (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Kumamoto Castle

Devastated stone walls of the Kumamoto Castle, viewed from Ninimaru Ground. (May 1, 2016, Cultural News)

Mifune Machi

Cracked road in Mifune machi (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Mifune Cho

Mudslide over a major road at Mifune Machi (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

A cap of a manhole was lift up by the quake at Imajo chiku of Mifune machi. (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

A cap of a manhole was lift up by the quake at Imajo chiku of Mifune machi. (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Mifune Cho Imajo

Collapsed warehouse of fire fighter’s equipment at Imajo chiku of Mifune machi (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Mifune Cho Unsafe

A red color paper of the building inspection was placed on the warehouse indicates this structure “Unsafe” at Imajo chiku of Mifune machi. (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Mifune Cho Imajo

Imajo Kominkan or community hall looks undamaged by the earthquake at Mifune machi. (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Mifune Imajo

A yellow color paler of “Limited Entry” sign was placed on the entrance of Imajo community hall at Mifune machi (May 1, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Mashiki Grand Messe

Many people use their cars as shelters. Parking lots of Mashiki machi’s Grand Messe convention center are occupied with evacuees’ cars. (May 3, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

Mashiki Grand Messe

Water bottles are placed at parking lots as signs of space reservations by evacuees of the quake. Shown is Mashiki machi’s  Grand Messe convention facility. (May 3, 2016, Cultural News Photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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