Sometimes the stars align, and world you live in is perfect…and sometimes….
Landon was an adult American English teacher in Japan, with a pretty student in his classroom. He did his best at keeping his distance, keeping it professional, but in the end his heart won over his mind. Their first date was to see Tanabata- a love story of two lovers who can only see each other one day a year, when the stars align. The others days, they are kept apart, yearning to be with each other. (Read the legend here.) Little did Landon and Noriko know then that soon their lives would mimic those characters.
On March 11th, 2011 Japan suffered a 9.0 earthquake, followed by tsunami and then a nuclear reactor melt down. As was expected, both of their families wanted them close to them. Landon’s family demanded he come home to the United States and Noriko’s parents begged her to move back, and so they left the home they had made together. but continued holding each other close in their hearts, hoping to soon be in each other arms again.
Landon stood at the LAX terminal holding a dozen red roses, anxiously looking at the doors. I’m sure others wondered, but only I asked and he told me his story. The following images are the story my camera told of this part of Landon and Noriko’s love story… when after two years of being apart, they got to see each other again.