Proceedings of the 2nd International Joint Conference on Hospitality and Tourism, IJCHT 2022, 6-7 October 2022, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia

Research Article

Story From Japan: Lost And Found In Disaster Tourism

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.6-10-2022.2325698,
        author={Kannapa P.  Chieochan},
        title={Story From Japan: Lost And Found In Disaster Tourism},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Joint Conference on Hospitality and Tourism, IJCHT 2022, 6-7 October 2022, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={IJCHT},
        year={2022},
        month={12},
        keywords={disaster tourism japan social engagement},
        doi={10.4108/eai.6-10-2022.2325698}
    }
    
  • Kannapa P. Chieochan
    Year: 2022
    Story From Japan: Lost And Found In Disaster Tourism
    IJCHT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.6-10-2022.2325698
Kannapa P. Chieochan1,*
  • 1: College of Innovation, Thammasat University
*Contact email: kannapap@hotmail.com

Abstract

Due to unexpected level of disaster of Japan tsunami in 2011 generated massive and unprecedented devastation in the greater Tohoku region covering Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures. There were various assistant projects implemented by public and private initiatives to recover affected communities after disaster, including reconstruction projects, volunteer programs and local tourism development. For a decade after the Japan tsunami disaster, there are several movements and activities occurring in Ishinomaki city, one of the worst-hit areas. It reflects a context of social development from a content of losing in disaster to reborn the city, which generates strong community bonding and development. This paper is based on qualitative research aiming to explore and express through a narrative approach, telling a story of ‘lost and found’ through disaster tourism for local revitalization after disaster in such area. It also aims to provide a showcasing of social engagement in disaster tourism development, which can be learned and adapted in other regions in the future.