• The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Mother of farmer Shin Okawara

    She still contributes to the daily work

  • In March 2011 Japan was struck by a disastrous earthquake followed by huge tsunamis,killing thousands of people. They caused severe damage to the nuclear power plant Fukushima Dai-Ichi. Nuclear meltdown in three reactors was the result, leading to heavy radioactive contamination of the land and the sea. Cities, villages and farms within a radius of 30 kilometers were evacuated. Until now.
    The Okawara family lives only af few kilometers off the evacuation zone. Greenpeace Japan proved that their fields did not suffer the massive fallout as other regions. As organic farmers they heavily depend on the trust of their customers. They check every harvest onradioactive contamination. It is always far below the legal limit of radiation or even non-existent. Nonetheless sales dropped dramatically. Compensations by TEPCO, the infamous company which runs the nuclear power plant, are difficult to receive.  But Tatsuko and Shin Okawara keep on farming, founded a centre called "esperi" (esperanto for "hope") and try to encourage their neighbours and themselves to keep going. Their charisma and strength is astonishing.
    This project was photographed in summer 2012 and  winter 2013.
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  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Shin´s working boots

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Kuro died shortly after, due to cancer

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Frog on a greenhouse

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Snow clouds over the farm

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Middle school children on their way home

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Snow storm hitting the farm

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Greenhouse tomato

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    The fireplace is now unusable due to burning radioactive contaminated firewood

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Rice from the Okawara fields

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Tatsuko watering flowers

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Shin is singing a song about a friend who left the region

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Spider in the farmhouse

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Cabbage left on a field

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Working gloves drying on metal rods

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Tatsuko and Shin, their eldest son Kai and his grandmother in front of their rice paddy

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Laundry

  • The Okawara family is doing everything they can to stay and keep on their organic farming in the prefecture of Fukushima

    Shin´s silhouette