For The Children #1 by gnstallcop published on 2014/04/02 05:04:41 +0000 [The children are particularly heart-breaking.] I went back to Ash Fork to record in 2009, but didn't start editing the sessions until 2011. I had another project for the summer of 2010, and most of my free time is in the summer. So I had just started to work on these tracks in March 2011 when Japan was hit with the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster. Some disasters hit harder than others. Because I had recently been there, and my daughter had spent three years in Japan, and the visuals were so terrifying, this disaster really got to me. My daughter finally found her former roommate who was in Tokyo, but whose present roommate's family was from Sendai. After two weeks, the family finally called to say they were safe. They were at home when the tsunami hit. It lifted their house off its foundation and floated it two kilometers inland. They had a wood foundation, if it had had a cement foundation, it would have been flattened. Haibun For Those Washed Away is my memorial to the 17,000 people who perished three years ago, and the countless thousands of others rendered homeless, jobless, and orphan. There are 27 tracks representing the fathers(3), mothers(5), children(8), lovers(4), workers(4), and survivors(3). I had trouble finding a subject for the artwork. Drawing water or wreckage or debris just didn't seem to do them honor or justice. I finally found reference to the "miracle pine" from Rikuzentakata. The pine is the only surviving tree of the 70,000 or so that lined the coastline. It has become a symbol of hope to the survivors. The sea water has rotted its roots, but survivors raised 15m yen to restore the tree with steel and synthetics and turn the surrounding area into a memorial park.