Deaf man draws scenes of hometown destroyed by the Great East Japan Disaster

Okubo* Noritsugu* continues drawing a picture for the thought of his hometown Otsuchi.
 (photo: http://www.iwate-np.co.jp/)

May 23, 2013

Okubo Noritsugu (大久保紀次), a 75-year-old deaf man, lives in Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture where the Great East Japan Earthquake hit in 2011 .

He is overcoming disaster experience, striving for pictures expression.

His elder brother fell victim from tsunami, and his hometown has also completely been changed.

Okubo is expressing the town that he used to see in the past and that he still remember in his heart to show the sight of the town to future generations, although many of his own works were lost.

He says, "Otsuchi is in a state still like a desert by an earthquake disaster. I am drawing the picture by the desire to regain a beautiful hometown."


Japanese source:
http://www.iwate-np.co.jp/cgi-bin/topnews.cgi?20130523_7


*Note:
The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name next.

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