October 18, 2011
It has been almost 8 months since the 3.11 disaster devastated the northeast Japan, including the beautiful Matsushima bay and the islands. The first photo shows the bay from distance. It looks just as beautiful as before. The islands are more or less intact. The sightseeing businesses have resumed their operation, souvenir shops are open and sightseeing ferries are in operation. JR train needs more time to recover, but buses are available.
Because of the magnitude of the tsunami, its damage still remains along the coasts and beaches. The second photo shows a debris filled beach of Matsushima Bay. It seems more time is necessary before the bay regains it former beauty.