Giant watercolor captures devastation of Fukushima nuclear disaster via The Asahi Shimbun

SENDAI–A giant image of a destroyed reactor building in a nuclear wasteland is drawing crowds at the Sendai Mediatheque cultural hall in Aoba Ward here.

Titled “Kyodaiga de Egakareru Fukushima” (Fukushima drawn in a huge picture), the watercolor of the Fukushima nuclear disaster by Hiroshige Kagawa is 5.4 meters high and 16.4 meters wide.

Kagawa, 37, is a native of Miyagi Prefecture.

The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami devastated the prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.

“I want to provide an opportunity for people in Miyagi Prefecture to think about Fukushima,” said Kagawa, who added that the painting portrays the anger he felt when he visited the vicinity surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the onset of the disaster.

Kagawa first began making watercolors on a large scale in 2003.

One of the painter’s relatives died in the tsunami. Kagawa said his grandmother could not be located after the tsunami swept through the coastal city of Natori in Miyagi Prefecture. He searched for her by bicycle and she was later found to be safe.


The exhibition of “Kyodaiga de Egakareru Fukushima” at Sendai Mediatheque will run until Aug. 17.

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