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東日本大震災翻訳プロジェクト〔第23話〕

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Filming from the sky

SAKAI Eiji,46, aerial photographer, Yamada, Iwaki
Translated by SUZIKI Ryusuke

 With my wife and children, I went to Yuzawa in Niigata to escape from radioactivity. Then, I came back to Iwaki alone. I decided to take aerial photograph of the damages caused by tsunami. It was on April 1, for the first time after the disaster.

 During daytime, it is windy. To avoid a strong wind, I arrived at the cycling park near the mouth of Natsui River at seven in the morning. Usually, I take off from Shin-Maiko beach. But there was no wind. So I chose the park in order to run a long runway.

 I did not have any instrument to measure the radiation dose. Is it safe to spread my glider on the ground? After the flight, is it safe to take it in the car? Later, my young daughters get on the car... I cannot wash the glider by high pressure washer. I was never free from worry.

 I was flying in the polluted sky without protector over an hour. I was sitting in front of the propeller which was functioning like a big ventilation fan. The propeller was gathering air all the time. Probably I was breathing radioactive substances. But, to record the situation was more important for me, rather than to worry for getting cancer after twenty or thirty years. I did not know whether the nuclear power plant was getting better or worse. I was afraid that I could not fly in Iwaki anymore. I thought it was the last chance to take aerial photograph. When I was wondering like this, a very good wind came to take off. I decided to fly. Let me go with an anti-pollen mask!

 Note: Mr. Sakai has been taking aerial photographs of Iwaki city and ocean for the last seventeen years. The 311 disaster occurred just before the publication of his second DVD. Though the sale of the DVD was postponed, his film of the city before destruction by tsunami encouraged the affected people. Mr. Sakai made his third DVD, and it includes the images of before and after the disaster for comparison.

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