A Trip Home to Minami Soma City, Fukushima: Life in the Nuclear Disaster Area


Sugita Konomi


Kotaka Ward in Minami Soma City, Fukushima, is located within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi Powerplant. Shiga Izumi, novelist born and raised in Kotaka, takes a stroll around his now wounded hometown and tells his memories from childhood. He visits the coast in Kotaka and a shrine, where he went on a school trip, and then moves to the neighbourhood of JR Kotaka Station, where his home still exists. He also visits the kindergarten, primary and junior-high schools he went. Since the Futaba High School, to which he once commuted by train, is now in the prohibited district and he cannot enter, he tells his memories about the school at Momouchi Station, the nearest station to the high school. Finally, in a place near temporary houses, he tells his thoughts on the issue of the nuclear power plant. Shot in May 2013.
Title in English A Trip Home to Minami Soma City, Fukushima: Life in the Nuclear Disaster Area
Title in Original Language 原発被災地になった故郷への旅ー福島県南相馬市ー
Director(s) Sugita Konomi
Director's Bio/Filmography Sugita Konomi
1979 Born in Ehime, Japan.
2007 Completed her Ph.D. at Musashino Art University.
Since 2000, she has been making films set in her native place Ehime.
Year of Completion 2013
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 31 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BD
Shooting Locations Minami Soma City, Fukushima
Shooting Dates/Periods 25- 26 May, 2013
Names of Characters Shiga Izumi
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles none,
Date of First Public Screening 2013/7/12
Place of First Public Screening (Country) 12 July, 2013
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2013/7/12
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Screening at the Association for Cultural Typhoon 2013 in Tokyo Keizai University
Award of Excellence in the Personal Communication section and Personal Documentary Award at Japan Association of Audiovisual Producers Award 2014
Staff Credits Photography: Sugita Konomi
Editing: Sugita Konomi
Sound: Sugita Konomi
Producer Sugita Konomi
Distributor / Distribution Company Sugita Konomi
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None