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Yuki Iwanami's Photos Capture an Abandoned Japanese Village

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Published: May 22, 2014 • References: yukiiwanami and featureshoot
The Lost Hometown is a photo series that documents a largely abandoned village located near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The power plant exploded after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in 2011, leading to the evacuation of Iitate village, located 25 miles northwest of the power plant. The village was once renowned as the most beautiful village on earth, but is not known as 'the abandoned village.'

Iwanami's haunting photos capture the remnants of radiation and the measures that had to be taken in the aftermath of the radiation leak. His photos show dead farm animals, abandoned urban areas and produce discarded due to high radioactive material levels.

The project captures the ongoing presence of radiation on the once-cherished village land, and the anxiety and unease it has caused as a result.