This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in Japan.

Kameyama-san, the owner of Cafe Hamaguri-do (The house of clams), had been living in a nearly 100-year-old house at a fishing village called Hamaguri Beach on the Oshika Peninsula near Ishinomaki. On March 11th, 2011, this tiny village was devastated by the tsunami. The number of households living here dropped from 9 to 3, and he also left the village. But he couldn’t turn his back on the place filled with memories he cherishes. So he launched the project to revive the village with a help of volunteers who were willing to support him. As the first step, they renovated his home and turned it into a cafe named Hamaguri-do. They are also preparing to open a restaurant and an inn next to the cafe. The construction of a tree house is taken place as well. Team's ultimate dream is the rebirth of the village as a community that attracts younger generations and connects people. This place is so beautiful, because it was crated by a passion and a prayer of one man with people's empathy for him. When I visited, Hamaguri-do was filled with a warm light. I felt the light was there to celebrate Kameyama-san's determination. This is another Ishinomaki story.