Kamen Rider City Ishinomaki Devastated ~ Japan Earthquake 2011
Saving Kamen Rider City Ishinomaki
Before the March 11 mega-earthquake, this northern town’s main claim to fame was its museum that celebrates the works of the late manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori (1938-1988), creator of the popular “Kamen Rider” (Masked Rider) and “Cyborg 009” series.
But now the tsunami-ravaged town lies in ruins, and the Ishinomori Mangakan museum, which boasts a superb collection of original drawings by the manga creator, is on the verge of collapse.
The tsunami left piles of debris, including a fishing boat, on the bridge leading to the museum. Ishinomori’s manga character figures decorated the main shopping street, but many were damaged and two were swept away by the magnitude-9.0 quake and tsunami.
Cartoonists on mission to revitalize devastated ‘manga town’, Asahi, 2011/03/24
Ishinomaki City devastated, 16 march 2011 ~ by shigedon2
Tsunami Damage near Ishinomaki
Ishinomaki city was among the most seriously affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. A tsunami about 10 meters high traveled 600 meters inland and destroyed around 80% of the 700 houses in the coastal whaling port of Ayukawa and district of Hiyorigaoka, some 20 km from the center of Ishinomaki. Approximately 46% of the city was inundated by the tsunami. As of 31 March 2011, a total of 2,283 deaths had been confirmed in Ishinomaki due to the tsunami, with 2,643 unaccounted for.
Ishinomori Manga Museum
Ishinomori Manga Museum aka Ishinomori Mangattan Museum 石ノ森萬画館 (Ishinomori Mangakan?) is a museum dedicated to the manga works of Shotaro Ishinomori, it sits on the bay facing the Pacific Ocean and Manga Island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. It was opened in 2001.
Mangattan before the tsunami
Mangattan after the tsunami ~ Photos from Mangakan News blog
Ishinomaki Manga Road
Ishinomaki Station (石巻駅) is a JR East railway station located in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. The station and surrounding streets known as Manga Road are adorned with statues of characters created by Shotaro Ishinomori. The entrance to the station features characters from Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider.
Ishinomaki Delivery ~ by Ryuugakusei
Ishinomori Mangattan Museum ~ by OnegaiLIVE
Ishinomaki Station ~ by noritetsu