Photos in “Dealing With Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash”

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Figure 6.4 – Toronagashi

Setting up along the river bank in front of Ueno-mura village hall
The media focus on izoku and others writing messages on lanterns
Izoku and others queue up to put lanterns in the river
One of the large lanterns to the spirits of the 520 victims
A large lantern listing some of the other tragedies being remembered
A large lantern in the shape of the Irei-no-Sono memorial
A large lantern calling for air safety on one panel and with Disney characters, as a reminder of the children who died on JL123
Lanterns floating down Kanna-gawa
The media in the river taking pictures
Speeches, songs, accompanied by the Takasaki Accordion Circle, and the blowing of bubbles

Figure 6.5 – Memorials at Osutaka-no-One

A memorial by at the start of the climb up Osutaka-no-One
The focal point of Osutaka-no-One, in the centre is Shokon-no-Hi, in the foreground is the bell and places for messages to be left
A collection of stones for the bodhisattva Jizo
A memorial near Shokon-no-Hi established by Kuko Anzen Kokusai Rari – in the foreground is where a time capsule has been placed and in the background (shown larger in next picture)
A bell and faces of nine people
A memorial stone commemorating the exact time of the crash as well as details about the number of passengers, crew, victims and survivors
A memorial stone with names of the 520 victims on it
A statue to Kannon, the deity of mercy
A hut with various items which have been left by visitors to Osutaka-no-One

Figure 6.6 – Memorial Services at Osutaka-no-One

The yamagoya on Osutaka-no-One provide a place for izoku and others to rest
New hand-rails and improved steps installed in 2009 have made the climb easier
A Buddhist priest pays his respects during the early morning mist on 12 August
Two izoku pay their respects at Shokon-no-Hi as the media watch on
A child is amongst those making a speech during the morning memorial service at Osutaka-no-One
The Takasaki Accordion Circle go around the site to provide musical requests for izoku by particular bohyo
The media frenzy at Osutaka-no-One around the area of Shokon-no-Hi
The media following izoku to bohyo in Sugeno-sawa
Balloons and small windmills are a new addition to the memorials in 2010 – in the background is the U-shaped cutting on the far ridge
The JAL president weeps as he gives an interview after paying his respects at Shokon-no-Hi in 2010
The media crowd around Transport Minister Maehara as he gives an interview after he has paid his respects at Shokon-no-Hi and before being shown around most of the crash site

Figure 6.7 – Scars at Osutaka-no-One

The U-shaped cutting created by the right wing of JL123 on another ridge before it hit Osutaka-no-One
The ‘X-Rock’ which the front part of the plane hit during the crash
A tree scarred by the crash
A new tree growing up through the centre of a larger, hollow, tree damaged by the JL123 crash
A fragment of JL123 at the site

Figure 6.8a – Bohyo at Osutaka-no-One

Bohyo wrapped with a Hanshin Tigers towel
Bohyo with a message, ‘Father please rest in peace’ on the tablet by the side
The stone has the first name of the victim a the message ‘a kind father’
‘Father rest in peace’
A stone tablet gives information about the victim and even the date of the crash
Bohyo for the cockpit crew
A modest plastic name plate
A foreigner’s bohyo
Hisashi Oshima’s (a.k.a Kyu Sakamoto) bohyo
A drink is left by the stone memorial, surrounded by sotoba
‘Papa, thank you for your love’
Bohyo for a whole family
‘Our father sleeps here’
‘Father, we’ll come again’
Bohyo surrounded by Buddhist memorials
Hajimu Nakano – ‘the place he rose to the heavens’
Bohyo with posthumous name on the front and original name on the side
A picture of the victim left by a stone memorial
Bohyo with more elaborate calligraphy on it
A collection of toys left for some young victims
Bohyo covered by an umbrella
Bohyo with metal calligraphic name plate on it
A less regularly shaped bohyo
Memorial with address written on
Bohyo with ornate area in front
Bohyo with handwritten name
Memorial for two families
Sports-based memorial
More personalized bohyo, showing signs of disrepair

Figure 6.8b – Bohyo at Osutaka-no-One

Partly renewed bohyo
Ken Miyajima’s bohyo
Many bohyo and a crucifix in the area around Sugeno-sawa
Memorial for two foreigners
A large stone memorial
Bohyo with no name visible on it
Buddhist memorial stone
Flower, drink and cigarette left by a bohyo
The faded original bohyo, next to the original metal post and tag, together with a stone bohyo
Rice left in front of the stone bohyo which has a stone baseball cap on it
A magazine left in front of a bohyo
A recent baby photo left by the bohyo
‘One for all, all for one’ – Keiko Kawakami’s family’s bohyo
A tea cup left by the memorial
A photo built into the bohyo
A shrine
Clothing left on a post next to the bohyo
A large memorial with a toy JAL plane left on it
A selection of food left
Text discussing the causing of the crash left in front of the bohyo
Ornamental flowers and a ceramic dog left by the bohyo
A Disney-style dwarf
Buddhist stone memorial for one victim next to a more conventional wooden bohyo with its original metal post next to it

Figure 6.9 – Irei-no-Sono

Statues at Irei-no-Sono
Statue at Irei-no-Sono
Statue at Irei-no-Sono
Former Ueno-mura mayor, Takeo Kurosawa, aged 95, arrives for the memorial service in 2009
Izoku line up to place flowers in front of the Irei-no-Sono towers in the first ceremony
Izoku light 520 candles during the second ceremony
Candles around the names of the victims at Irei-no-Sono, with red candles up the steps to the crypt where the cremated unidentified remains are
Izoku place flowers and drinks on the names of loved ones and then take commemorative photographs

Figure 7.4 – Other Memorials

A statue of Kannon for the victims of the 1962 Mikawashima rail accident at a nearby temple, Josho-ji
One of the memorials for the Great Hanshin Earthquake – this underground one, with a clear ceiling so that a water feature above can be seen, has the names of the victims listed around it
The provisional memorials in 2009 for the victims of the 2005 Fukuchiyama line derailment in Amagasaki
The memorial for the victims of Air France flight AF4590 Concorde memorial in Gonesse, France

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