On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tidal wave devastated the coast of north eastern Japan, also triggering the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. The city of Sendai, in Tohoku, was at the epicenter of the disaster, with thousands of its citizens washed away by the awful tsunami.
Our narrative follows four days in March of 2016, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the disaster.
By this time, Japan has created a new vision of its future, with Sendai piloting changes that will form the foundations for an All Electric Japan by 2030. Visions are being turning into realities in Sendai, with safe sources of Energy powering zero emission vehicles on the roads, a reshaped fishing fleet on the seas and a society that is productively nurturing both extremes of a rapidly aging society. Nuclear energy has been tamed, and a new economic order is being trialed.
Three visitors are caught in the wave of change sweeping Sendai, whose backwash holds memories of a shattered Friday afternoon five years earlier. With tragedy still whispering from the wings of a world brutally turned upside down, secret pacts, scandals and personal obsessions combine to draw the visitors deep into the currents of change and roiling emotions that are reshaping the future.
The eyes of the World turn once more to Sendai, having witnessed the despair of disaster, to recognize the dawning reality of sustainable new beginnings.