Natural disasters are an inherent characteristic of Japan, as well as a stigma caused by its geographical location. The history of this country is a series of systematic disasters, which could be enumerated for a long time. Centuries of natural disasters have made the Japanese what they are today: an obedient, resilient, and disciplined people who submit to a strict social organization because they consider it necessary," wrote the Italian reporter, journalist, and longtime Asia correspondent for Der Spiegel, Tiziano Terzani.
Designated evacuation areas by local authorities, they become places outside of time, and their function takes on value and meaning at the moment of danger. There is also a duality in them – they guarantee physical safety while causing psychological distress, often becoming the beginning of trauma. The distance to the danger is combined there with the experience of a powerful fear of loss (of loved ones, of home, of life so far). The designated evacuation area in the face of the raging element of nature is a minimal outpost of human order. This quest for order also becomes very relevant in the space being re-settled after a cataclysmic event, when chaos is replaced by organization of even the simplest things and objects - “The enclosed and humanized space becomes place. Compared to space, place is the quiet center of established values,” Yi-Fu Tuan, one of the forerunners of humanistic geography, recalls in his treatise Space and Place. Exactly a decade after the events in the Tōhoku region in 2011 – the earthquake, the devastating tsunami and the explosion of the power plant in Fukushima, Bartosz Hołoszkiewicz evokes the trauma of those days and takes us to a safe place, to a designated evacuation area.