By Toru Hanai
It will soon be one year from that day – March 11, 2011.
Greetings among friends who meet after a long absence begins with, “Where and what were you doing on March 11?”
On March 11, 2011, I was photographing Prime Minister Naoto Kan during a committee session at the Parliament building in Tokyo.
At 2:46 p.m. the world started to shake really slowly.
I felt fear as the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck, not only because of the intensity of the shaking but also the duration of it.
I was absorbed as I continued to take pictures of the prime minister reacting to the quake.
Two minutes of the building shaking made it very difficult to capture him in a frame. I watched as the chandeliers shook. I felt conflicted on whether I should run.