Two workshop events were held on Feb. 22 in the city of Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, to produce models of the town of Namie, which was hard hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as the subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
One of the events was held under the “Lost Town” project, which was designed to reproduce models of the Namie town’s pre-disaster communities, based on stories heard from visitors.
At the event held until Feb. 26, white models of the town’s Pacific coastal Ukedo area and the downtown Gongendo area, produced by architecture students at such institutions as Kobe University, were displayed on a scale of one to 500. Visitors to the event indicated their homes or nearby stores and facilities and placed “flags of memories” describing their recollections of each place. Based on their talk, the students modified the models and colored them.
At the other event, Namie Elementary School students, who have been evacuated to Ninhonmatsu, produced models of a future Namie town, as they have begun to study their hometown since last spring so as not to forget it.