- Posted March 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Japan one year later: What’s changed?
Media Frenzy Engulfs Mourners
Throughout much of the country it was a day of remembrance, but also for many a day like any other.
With Tokyo being relevantly unscathed, many of those wishing to document the one year anniversary were out in force and in some areas equaled or outnumbered those that were paying their respects to the departed.
With the emergence of new media, fueled by personal blogs, video sharing sites like YouTube, Mixi (Japan's version of Facebook), and other social networking sites, traditional media (TV, newspapers and radio) is on the wane (as its in other developed countries).
Thus, on this one year anniversary of theTōhoku earthquake and tsunami, members of the traditional media, as well as citizen reporters (and the plain curious) were out in great numbers to document this historic first year anniversary.
The photos contained in this report were taken (11 March 2012) in Ginza, a upscale part of Tokyo in front of the department store Wako.
The apex of the building is crowned by a large Seiko clock, famous to all that visit this area
This clock has chimed daily at noon since 1947.
However, because of the scale of the devastation and in honor of those that perished in the disaster the clock chimed eleven times at exactly 2:46pm (14:46).
This time coincided with the exact time, to the year, that the massive earthquake struck.