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Takako Ogawa, 72, makes 40 to 50 cups of organic rice pudding every day using rice she grows and harvests. Her home and rice farm lie in the countryside on the outskirts of Iwaki City in Fukushima Prefecture.


The powerful earthquake aftershock related to the March 11 earthquake broke water pipes in her home and around her farm, making it barely livable. She opened her pudding shop a mere six months before the earthquake hit, and the damage brought her business to a screeching halt. Two months later she restored her shop and rebuilt her business, determined to continue her passion. Six years after the disaster, she is making and selling more pudding than ever.


Photos and text by Tate Samata 

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