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Shinchi, Fukushima: Why did you volunteer to come to Fukushima with Photohoku?

by Jon Mitchell

Kana Suzuki
Shiatsu masseuse, 31 (Japanese)

On March 11, I was overseas so I felt disconnected to what happened in Tohoku. I really wanted to do something to help. So I came here to feel closer and see the smiles of the local people.

Katsumi Saiki
Event photographer, 39 (Japanese)
Usually photographers take their pictures away with them, but here we leave them with people and make new albums. I think that’s great.

Yoko Hirose
Advertising firm employee, 31 (Japanese)
Photohoku is a completely new way of contributing to society. It’s not materialistic, so I think it is the best way for artists to help out.

Satoshi Narita
Freelance editor, photographer, 31 (Japanese)
When I first heard about this project, I thought it sounded interesting. It’s a great way to make contact with real people at a very personal level.

Allison Kwesell
Journalist, 28 (American)
It’s great to be able to give people a moment of satisfaction. When I write articles, I have to wait for them to be published, but here the reaction is instantaneous. For the first time, I’m part of the story.

Gueorgui Tcherednitchenko
Engineer, 29 (Russian)
I love photography, and I was looking for a way to help the people of Tohoku. So for me, this was a way of doing so that was within my power.

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