Photographer Uma Kinoshita is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From her project ‘Prayer in Stricken Land‘. To see Uma’s body of work click on any image.
Minamisouma is a small seaside town located to the north of the exploded nuclear power plant. The city was literally devastated by triple disasters, namely earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear crisis. People lost families, friends, houses and jobs.
The local people in this stricken land are very religious and the act of praying is rooted deeply in their life. Each community has its own shrine, which plays a core role to tie people together. This may be a reason for their cooperativeness and a source for their community resilience.
In particular in Minami-souma, largely due to the long stable reign throughout the medieval ages, old religious traditions and practices remain intact. So, in the second year after the disasters, remaining people restarted them in hope for restoration. They were trying to confirm their unity to overcome the hardships.
Desperate situations still continue. Praying is not simple. But people are struggling supported by one another, between hope and fear.