well I'm back in Seattle now, 2 weeks early but just in time, it sounds like. Here's a couple of videos I took. This first one is from the two days prior to the earthquake... just some footage from around the little town I was staying in.
The second is behind the scenes from an all day shoot at a little izakaya in Tsugawa, the day after the earthquake. We shot 7 Allrecipes How-To videos in a long 13 hour day... shooting on my friend Erik's Nikon D7000. The shot of the TV shows all the areas of Japan with tsunami warnings in effect. At this point we didn't really grasp how bad the disaster was or how bad it would become, but it was still pretty surreal doing this whole shoot with video of the disaster just 100 or so miles away playing in the background the whole time.
We came pretty close to canceling the shoot and driving to the coast but decided against it at the last minute. At the time I really wanted to cancel the shoot, but in retrospect I'm glad we didn't. It ended up being a really good shoot and was probably the best day of what ended up being my short trip to Japan. Who knows what would've happened if we had driven out to Sendai as we were contemplating...
More Japan posts to come, probably spaced out over the next week or so.