1. Street MinstrelGose, Nara, Japan1870s
Photograph by Shinichi Suzuki 

    Street Minstrel
    Gose, Nara, Japan
    1870s

    Photograph by Shinichi Suzuki 

     
  2. Explosion Following Hit on the USS Franklin by Japanese Dive BomberMarch 19, 1945
Photo: U.S. Navy (via LIFE) 

    Explosion Following Hit on the USS Franklin by Japanese Dive Bomber
    March 19, 1945

    Photo: U.S. Navy (via LIFE

     
  3. The bitter brutality of the Battle of Iwo Jima is brought home in W. Eugene Smith’s 1945 photo of Marines taking cover as explosives obliterate a Japanese bunker — one of the most violent pictures ever to make the cover of LIFE. Composed as if by a master painter (Hieronymus Bosch comes to mind), Smith’s picture perfectly encompasses the apocalyptic destruction inherent in modern warfare. It is also implausibly, unsettlingly beautiful.
Photo: W. Eugine Smith/LIFE
LIFE’s 75 Best Photos

    The bitter brutality of the Battle of Iwo Jima is brought home in W. Eugene Smith’s 1945 photo of Marines taking cover as explosives obliterate a Japanese bunker — one of the most violent pictures ever to make the cover of LIFE. Composed as if by a master painter (Hieronymus Bosch comes to mind), Smith’s picture perfectly encompasses the apocalyptic destruction inherent in modern warfare. It is also implausibly, unsettlingly beautiful.

    Photo: W. Eugine Smith/LIFE

    LIFE’s 75 Best Photos

     
  4. Lake Yamanaka from the summit of Mount FujiJapan1907
Photograph by Herbert Ponting From the National Archives UK (COPY 1/507/167)

    Lake Yamanaka from the summit of Mount Fuji
    Japan
    1907

    Photograph by Herbert Ponting

    From the National Archives UK (COPY 1/507/167)

     
  5. This combo image, the initial destruction and progress of cleanup after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami is seen in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeast Japan. The top photo, taken March 15, 2011, shows a military truck drives through a road flooded by the tsunami. The middle photo, taken June 4, 2011, shows partial clean-up of the same area after the water receded, while the bottom photo taken Sept. 5, 2011 shows a used-car shop resumed business, left top, in the area after the debris were removed.
Photo: Kyodo News / AP
    This combo image, the initial destruction and progress of cleanup after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami is seen in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeast Japan. The top photo, taken March 15, 2011, shows a military truck drives through a road flooded by the tsunami. The middle photo, taken June 4, 2011, shows partial clean-up of the same area after the water receded, while the bottom photo taken Sept. 5, 2011 shows a used-car shop resumed business, left top, in the area after the debris were removed.

    Photo: Kyodo News / AP

    (Source: blogs.sacbee.com)

     
  6. 14:35 11th Sep 2011

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    pantslessprogressive:

    Six months ago today: the Japan earthquake and tsunami

    15,781 people were killed as a result of the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Tohoko, Japan and the resulting tsunami waves. Around 83,000 have been displaced from their homes.

    4,086 people are still missing.

    [Photos: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters; Kyodo/Reuters; Yomiuri Shimbun/AFP/Getty Images; Damir Sagoli/Reuters; Kyodo/Reuters; Gregory Bull/AP; Yomiuri/Reuters; Amit Dave/Reuters]

     
  7. 11:32 24th Aug 2011

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    pantslessprogressive:

    Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.

    The formal announcement, expected from the government in coming days, would be the first official recognition that the March accident could force the long-term depopulation of communities near the plant, an eventuality that scientists and some officials have been warning about for months. Lawmakers said over the weekend — and major newspapers reported Monday — that Prime Minister Naoto Kan was planning to visit Fukushima Prefecture, where the plant is, as early as Saturday to break the news directly to residents. The affected communities are all within 12 miles of the plant, an area that was evacuated immediately after the accident.

    The government is expected to tell many of these residents that they will not be permitted to return to their homes for an indefinite period. It will also begin drawing up plans for compensating them by, among other things, renting their now uninhabitable land. While it is unclear if the government would specify how long these living restrictions would remain in place, news reports indicated it could be decades.” - Martin Fackler

    Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits

    [Photos: the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on March 20. Credit: Air Photo Service; Residents check the damage done to a road and house in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, on March 11. Credit: Fukushima MinPo/AFP/Getty Images; A deserted street in Futaba inside the exclusion zone around from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Credit: Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images; The central control room of Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Credit: Kyodo/AP]

     
  8. Jonanjima, 2002
Photo by Asako Narahashi

    Jonanjima, 2002

    Photo by Asako Narahashi

     
  9. Chieko Chiba walks through the rubble after going to see her destroyed home March 16, 2011 in Kesennuma, Miyagi province.
Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
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    Chieko Chiba walks through the rubble after going to see her destroyed home March 16, 2011 in Kesennuma, Miyagi province.

    Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

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  10. In comparison, it takes London a month to repave an intersection.
[reddit]
UPDATE: Image fakery!

    In comparison, it takes London a month to repave an intersection.

    [reddit]

    UPDATE: Image fakery!

     
  11. Minamisanriku as seen in Google Street View before the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
See the area before the earthquake/tsunami here.
See what the same area looks like now here.
(Click here to view the Street View image)

    Minamisanriku as seen in Google Street View before the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

    See the area before the earthquake/tsunami here.

    See what the same area looks like now here.

    (Click here to view the Street View image)

     
  12. Al Jazeera English reporter Wayne Hay filed this report yesterday from Minamisanriku, one of the hardest hit towns of the tsunami. A majority of the town was destroyed, and approx 9,500 people in Minamisanriku are now missing. (Minamisanriku’s population was about 17,000.)

     
  13. Death Toll in Japan Passes 1,500

    From NHK:

    More than 1,500 people are confirmed dead from the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit northeastern Japan on Friday. Miyagi Prefecture has confirmed 643 deaths in Higashi-matsushima, Kesen-numa and Sendai cities.

    In Arahama, Wakabayashi ward in Sendai city, 200 to 300 bodies were discovered on the beaches. They are believed to be of people who were swept away by the tsunami. Recovery operations are being hampered by the scale of wreckage.

    In the coastal town of Minami-Sanriku, most private homes and other structures have been washed away. About 10,000 people, or more than half the total population of 17,000, remain missing.

    Miyagi prefectural police say the death toll in their prefecture alone is almost certain to exceed 10,000.

    [new york times]

     
  14. What if the bibles are eatable?
[reddit]

    What if the bibles are eatable?

    [reddit]

     
  15. 
Man rescued nine miles off shore floating on roof, two days after disaster in Japan
In a picture released by the Japanese Defense Agency on March 13, sixty-year-old survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa, right, is shown as crew members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Aegis vessel Choukai sail to rescue him, about 9.3 miles (15 km) off Fukushima prefecture. The Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer rescued Shinkawa after discovering him floating on a piece of roof in waters off Fukushima Prefecture two days after the disaster struck. The man, from the city of Minamisoma which has been virtually obliterated, was swept out along with his house after the massive tsunami tore into Japan’s northeast following a 8.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday.

(Jiji Press / AFP - Getty Images) — Text via MSNBC

    Man rescued nine miles off shore floating on roof, two days after disaster in Japan

    In a picture released by the Japanese Defense Agency on March 13, sixty-year-old survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa, right, is shown as crew members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Aegis vessel Choukai sail to rescue him, about 9.3 miles (15 km) off Fukushima prefecture. The Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer rescued Shinkawa after discovering him floating on a piece of roof in waters off Fukushima Prefecture two days after the disaster struck. The man, from the city of Minamisoma which has been virtually obliterated, was swept out along with his house after the massive tsunami tore into Japan’s northeast following a 8.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday.

    (Jiji Press / AFP - Getty Images) — Text via MSNBC