Photographs of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster, by Kousaku Maeda,
Nishinomiya-Ashiya-Kobe-Awaji Island
Photographer:Kousaku Maeda
89 photographs(color,monochrome)


    1995.1.17

  1. Neighbors carried out a person crushed under the house.
  2. Hanshin Expressway collapsed and a truck fallen from it was crumpled.
  3. A collapsed overhead bridge.
  4. In Ashihara-cho Nishinomiya-city.
  5. At the beer factory, piles of cases of bottles collapsed and broken bottles were dispersed.
  6. A crumpled track fallen from the collapsed Hanshin Expressway
  7. A long queue in front of a convenience store.
  8. Inside a convenience store on the day the earthquake hit Kobe.
  9. A long queue in front of a convenience store.
  10. A collapsed overhead railroad near the Shinzaike Station of Hanshin Railways. This side we can see people in a queue at a covenience store.
  11. A truck fallen from collapsed Iwaya overhead bridge of national road 43.
  12. A truck fallen from collapsed Iwaya overhead bridge of national road 43. Loading of oranges was dispersed all over the plece.


    1995.1

  13. Storekeepers on Motomachi Shopping Street have taken out undamaged goods.(1995.1.18)
  14. A people getting water from a broken water pipe. As water is our lifeline, its shortage is serious.(1995.1.18)
  15. A broken down electric-light pole.(1995.1.18)
  16. People are ladling water overflown on the road with various containers.(1995.1.19)
  17. A man washing his hair on the road.(1995.1.19)
  18. Rescue materials in the park.(1995.1.19)
  19. Some of the sufferers from the Great Earthquake have spent the second freezing night outside.(1995.1.19)
  20. People talking on the temporary phones in the City Hall of Kobe.(1995.1.19)
  21. A woman washing their clothes in the river. Water supply hasn't been restored yet.(1995.1.19)
  22. A collapsed building broke through the one next door.(1995.1.19)
  23. A broken building covering over a road.(1995.1.19)
  24. Entrance limitation at the Nishinomiya Station of Hankyu Railway.(1995.1.20)
  25. Rescue materials collected in chuo-ward office. They are distributed to nearby shelters from here.(1995.1.21)
  26. The Kobe District Court.(1995.1.23)
  27. In a gym, a refuge, children are having lunch.(1995.1.24)
  28. Rescue materials send by helicopter.(1995.1.29)
  29. The collapsed First Pier of Kobe Port was covered with water.(1995.1.29)
  30. Volunteers distributed blankets to the victims.(1995.1)


    1995.2-5

  31. Stops of buses, a substitute for trains, are always overflowing with users.(1995.2.2)
  32. Sugawara Shopping Street in Nagata.(1995.2.3)
  33. A visitor to the shopping street picked up something like a rusty pendant out of the ruins of a fire.(1995.2.3)
  34. Dismantling the arcade of Sannomiya Center Shopping Street.(1995.2.3)
  35. A clerk writing a menu on a rusty iron plate which was picked up out of debris.(1995.2.13)
  36. Seen from 4-chome, Kano-town, Chuo-ku, Kobe city.(1995.2.16)
  37. Seen from 4-chome, Kano-town, Chuo-ku, Kobe city.(1995.2.16)
  38. One month after the earthquake. At noon people gathered in the playground prayed silently for the dead.(1995.2.17)
  39. A temple bell fallen and broken by the earthquake. As yet a new one is no prospect.(1995.2.18)
  40. Most houses hit by the earthquake covered their roofs with blue sheets as an emergency measure to stop leaks.(1995.2.18)
  41. Higashimongai, a famous amusement center, one month after the earthquake. Neon of the gate has started to shine again, but all the stores are closed. Traffic is still empty.(1995.2.25)
  42. A collapsed overhead bridge.(1995.2.25)
  43. The sky appeared after the arcade was removed from Sannomiya Center Shopping Street.(1995.3.1)
  44. Badly damaged Kokusai Kaikan - an international hall.(1995.3.2)
  45. A repair work of Ikuta Shrine.(1995.3.15)
  46. Repairing Ikuta Shrine.(1995.3.15)
  47. Debris is carried to Onohama Park, a temporary dumping ground, almost every day. They worked on until midnight.(1995.3.15)
  48. A being demolished department store, Daimaru, in Kobe.(1995.3.16)
  49. People taking refuge in the gym of Kobe University.(1995)
  50. A notice says "No School".---The school is offered to refugees.(1995)
  51. The staff of JR(Japan Railway) are explaining the situation of the totally collapsed Rokkomichi Station.(1995.4.17)
  52. As being demolished, Kokusai Kaikan is covered with protective walls.(1995.4.18)
  53. The washing was hung out outside the collapsed building that seemed to be deserted. Even now more than three months after the earthquake, people still live there.(1995.4.21)
  54. A repair work of Kobe Kosoku Railway between Sannomiya and Hanakuma.(1995.4.30)
  55. The annual festival in Kobe in May was held on a smaller scale. A lot of visitors crowded around the stage in the square in Nankinmachi(a China town).(1995.5.20)
  56. In Awaji Island, wells have dried up since the earthquake. Local people look upset, for they have trouble in drawing water into their fields.(1995.5.27)


    1995.6-12

  57. White washing was waving in the wind in the middle of the vast vacant lot.(1995.6.1)
  58. Lights decorated a sailing ship "Nihonmaru" stopping at Kobe port. The main wharf hasn't been restored yet.(1995.6.9)
  59. Someone planted young plants in the middle of the vacant lot in the strong early summer sunlight. It made us feel a strong power for the restoration.(1995.6.21)
  60. The temporary railway station will be demolished, for a new one will come into use.(1995.6.21)
  61. The new Nishinada Station of Hanshin Railway is to be used.(1995.6.21)
  62. A Fashion Show was held in Sannomiya Center Shopping Street.(1995.7.20)
  63. Iwaya intersection in Kobe.(1995.9.26)
  64. A broken arcade in Sunset Shopping Street.(1995.9.30)
  65. Restoring the pier of Iwaya overhead bridge (length 530m).(1995.10.8)
  66. Restoring the pier of Iwaya overhead bridge (length 530m)(1995.10.8)
  67. A time capsule set up in the Meriken Park.(1995.10.22)
  68. Chinese radishes were hung on a rope in the playground where many tents could be seen.(1995.11.29)
  69. Neighbors gathered to pound steamed rice into cake. Soup with rice cakes was distributed.(1995.12.10)


    1996

  70. On New Year's Day in 1996, the year after the earthquake, a shimenawa (straw festoon) decorated the fence surrounding a vacant lot.(1995.1.1)
  71. Just one year after the earthquake, people gathered in the playground and prayed silently for the dead.(1995.1.17)
  72. Japanese actress, Yuko Asano offered flowers and mourned for the dead.(1995.1.17)
  73. Mamemaki (a custom, scattering dried beans to drive out evil spirits and summon good luck) was carried out during the restoration event of Ikuta Shrine. Cyndi Lauper who attended as a guest also enjoyed it.(1995.2.3)
  74. An annual festival (Shunsetsu-sai, celebrating New Year's Day on the Chinese calendar) in May was held for the first time in two years after the earthquake. A lot of people visited.(1995.2.23)
  75. An annual festival (Shunsetsu-sai, celebrating New Year's Day on the Chinese calendar) in May was held for the first time in two years after the earthquake.(1995.2.23)
  76. Repairing the arcade of Textile Shopping Street.(1995.2.27)
  77. An artist, Yoshio Nakajima, encouraged the victims with his art performance.(1995.3.16)
  78. A tree of Magnolia salicifolia near the gate of Motomachi Shopping Street was in full bloom. We can see the department store, Daimaru, Kobe branch across the road.(1995.3.21)
  79. The front shrine of Ikuta Shrine after repairs were completed. The brilliant copper roof is impressive.(1995.4.1)
  80. Restoring a shopping zone, Harbor Land.(1995.4.4)
  81. A long queue in front of the rebuild Kobe Sogo, department store, on its first opening day after the earthquake.(1995.4.28)
  82. Three couples selected from the applicants held a wedding ceremony in front of a lot of people who are blessing them.(1995.4.28)
  83. The award ceremony of "Ms. Bride contest" was held in front of Ijinkan Kazamidori no Yakata (old Western house in Kitano, Kobe). A dress designer, Yumi Katsura, handed prize to the winner.(1995.4.29)
  84. The award ceremony of "Ms. Bride contest" was held in front of Ijinkan Kazamidori no Yakata (old Western house in Kitano, Kobe). A Japanese top model, Anna Umemiya handed prize to the winner.(1995.4.29)
  85. Although the scars of the earthquake are still visible, Hydrangeas grew large flowers along a sidewalk in the rainy season.(1995.6.10)
  86. Restoring a department store, Daimaru, Kobe branch.(1995.6.21)
  87. A rebuild beer parlor, "New Munich".(1995.7.18)
  88. Brazilian Samba team came to dance in the Kobe Festival. A lot of people crowded by the roadside to see them.(1995.7.20)
  89. Brazilian Samba team came to dance in the Kobe Festival. A lot of people crowded by the roadside to see them.(1995.7.20)