Homes and Hope : When disaster strikes

【明報專訊】On my desk I have a business card of the owner of a soba restaurant in Ofunato (大船渡), Iwate prefecture (岩手縣), northeastern Japan. His name is Fumimaro Honma. I met him in April 2011, about one month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami attacked Japan's Tōhoku region (東北地方). Mr Honma handed me his business card because that is what one does in Japan. In fact, he no longer owned the soba restaurant; all that remained of it is its foundations.