The story continued long after the news cameras leftby Emily Finch / August 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in September 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
by Richard Lloyd Parry (Jonathan Cape, £16.99)
Tohoku is a region to which most Tokyoites would never venture. Seen as a “rustic” and old-world place, the accent is hard to understand for those not originally from north-east Japan.
Richard Lloyd Parry, the Asia Editor of the Times, spent six years reporting from Tohoku in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. His new book offers a well-researched, polyphonic narrative of what happened on the day 133-ft waves swept in—and how the story continued long after the news cameras left.
Lloyd Parry painstakingly recounts the 51 minutes between the earthquake and the tsunami, which overwhelmed Okawa primary school: 74 out of 108 students died. Ghosts of the Tsunami recounts popular ghost stories rooted in the violent ends of those churned out to sea, and conversations between parents and mediums purporting to communicate their dead children’s needs.