Visiting Fukushima

Well this is my first post on here... 

I've been meaning to use the blog on my site for quite some time but have never got round to actually posting anything at all. I post a lot of images on social media but tend to neglect my own website, this is going to change. 

I've wanted to visit the Fukushima area for ages!! I've been keeping up on all the news coverage and have been fascinated by all the images of the area on the internet. Luckily I was invited to Japan by Panasonic and managed to extent my stay for a an extra week, enabling me to visit Fukushima. I've been travelling with Jacob James and Ross Grieve who are also Panasonic ambassadors, they joined me on the trip up North and massive props to Ross for doing all the driving in the area allowing me to shoot. 

The are itself is pretty accessible by following highway 6 up the coast, allowing you to get within a couple of kilometres of the plant with ease. However, all the side roads off the main road are all blocked off and manned by guards so you have to explore a bit to get to the good stuff. 

A view of the Fukushima Daiichi plant from Highway 6

A view of the Fukushima Daiichi plant from Highway 6

An abandoned American car garage on Highway 6  

An abandoned American car garage on Highway 6  

Abandoned Pachinko hall inside the exclusion zone 

Abandoned Pachinko hall inside the exclusion zone 

Inside the Pachinko hall, there were lots of trays, I'm guessing these are used to carry the ball bearings used in the game. 

Inside the Pachinko hall, there were lots of trays, I'm guessing these are used to carry the ball bearings used in the game. 

A view down an aisle inside the Pachinko hall. Some of the machines have been damaged but most look like they are in good condition. 

A view down an aisle inside the Pachinko hall. Some of the machines have been damaged but most look like they are in good condition. 

Guards pulling a lorry over for a search at a checkpoint. Lots of the vehicles in the exclusion zone are searched when entering and leaving. 

Guards pulling a lorry over for a search at a checkpoint. Lots of the vehicles in the exclusion zone are searched when entering and leaving. 

An abandoned Audi A4 Avant on the edge of the exclusion zone. This car was in really good condition and looks like it hasn't been moved since its owners were order to evacuate the area. 

An abandoned Audi A4 Avant on the edge of the exclusion zone. This car was in really good condition and looks like it hasn't been moved since its owners were order to evacuate the area. 

Packets of cigarettes left behind, they seem quite cheap! Cigarettes are now about 300 yen a packet.

Packets of cigarettes left behind, they seem quite cheap! Cigarettes are now about 300 yen a packet.

A house in an area that was devastated by the tsunami, all of the buildings in this area looked pretty modern. 

A house in an area that was devastated by the tsunami, all of the buildings in this area looked pretty modern. 

A boarded up building in a ghostly town, only a couple of white vans driving about. No people to be seen walking the streets. 

A boarded up building in a ghostly town, only a couple of white vans driving about. No people to be seen walking the streets. 

A bird of prey flying over one of the most devastated areas within the exclusion zone. If there were people in this area when the wave hit, they didn't stand a chance. 

A bird of prey flying over one of the most devastated areas within the exclusion zone. If there were people in this area when the wave hit, they didn't stand a chance. 

A very modern looking building close to the sea, looks like the building stood up well to the wave, minimal structural damage. 

A very modern looking building close to the sea, looks like the building stood up well to the wave, minimal structural damage. 

Not cool.. An abandoned car in a town near to the plant. 

Not cool.. An abandoned car in a town near to the plant. 

A graveyard shot out the window while driving down the 6, so sad. 

A graveyard shot out the window while driving down the 6, so sad. 

Visiting Fukushima was a very surreal experience, the loss of life in the area is evident and extremely sobering when visiting. I would really like to spend more time in the area in future, I'm pretty sure I will be back.