Oshika Peninsula – 3 nations linking hands

Recently , had the pleasure to take people from 3 nations …Singapore , Japan and China as volunteers to serve the fishermen who are living and working at the Oshika Peninsula . These fishermen’s livelihood was badly affected by the earthquake,tsunami and nuclear disaster of Mar 11 , 2011 .

There are 30 fishery village called “Hama” in Oshika Peninsula.  These fishermen are trying to re start their business and now is the Wakame harvesting season and they have a shortage of workers to help them process the Wakame .

A group of 19 of us spend 2 days helping the fishermen with their Wakame production after they were harvested from the sea.

The Oshika Peninsula (牡鹿半島 Oshika-hantō, also pronounced “Ojika”) is a peninsula which projects southeast into the Pacific Ocean from the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeast Honshu, the main island of Japan.

The peninsula is most often visited as the gateway to the sacred island of Kinkasan, which can be accessed by ferries running from the costal whaling port of Ayukawa inIshinomaki, Miyagi and from Onagawa.

2011 earthquake and tsunami[edit]

The Oshika Peninsula was the closest part of Honshu to the epicenter of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, the closest parts of its eastern coastline approximately 72 kilometers (45 mi) away, with only a few neighboring minor islands a few kilometers closer.[1] A report on March 14 indicated that 1,000 bodies had washed ashore on the peninsula.[2] The March 11 earthquake shifted Oshika Peninsula by 5.3 m (17 ft) towards the epicenter and lowered it by 1.2 m (3.9 ft), according to the Geospatial Information Authority in Tsukuba. These two land mass movements are records for Japan, according to government figures.[3] Many small villages along the coast of the peninsula, administered byIshinomaki City, were heavily damaged.[4]

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