In 2011, the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, Japan, was shaken up by an earthquake and tsunami, causing fatal damage that the world will never forget. The tragic events left a mark in Japanese artist Hiroshige Kagawa’s memory, making him want to dedicate three pieces of gigantic watercolors to the aftermath and the people who were affected by it most.
The artist has been working on gigantic watercolors for 12 years, starting with 10 ft x 23 ft works in 2003 and ending up with pieces 5 times larger. The latest watercolors, which simply dwarf the viewers and leave them in awe, took about 1 year each to be completed. The three dedications were based on what Kagawa himself saw on his visits to the area of the tragedy and his interviews with locals.