ACROSS THE OFF-LIMITS ZONE These photos were all taken in the "off limits zone" during a nine month period following the March 2011 nuclear disaster at the Daiichi reactor in Japan. The Fukushima "off-limits" zone covers a 20-km radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station where tens of thousands of residents were instructed to evacuate. I crossed from the norther perimeter into Odaka, a town of 13,000 residents before a triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown turned the once-charming coastal village into a ghost town. In Odaka I witnessed Japanese Self-Defense Forces searching for bodies in the rivers and salt water flooded rice fields--some two months after the disaster. In Odaka I met Shoji Kobayashi, age 56. Born and raised in Fukushima, Kobayashi attended high-school just a few kilometers from the Daiichi reactor when construction began some 40 years earlier. When we met Kobayashi was living in his home in Odaka (located about 15-km from the Daiichi reactor) despite a government order issued weeks earlier for everyone to evacuate the area. Before the disaster Kobayashi worked in Odaka as a maintenance man at a high-tech electronics manufacturing factory, now closed due to the radiation leaks. He believes the evacuation was unnecessary since the town was only lightly contaminated by radiation, compared to the more heavily-contaminated areas in Iitate, which were only under voluntary evacuation. He managed to survive by growing vegetables in two gardens he kept, and he arranged to pickup supplies from his friends and family members at an unmanned barricade near the neighboring town of Haramachi. He seemed to be enjoying the new found freedom that came with having lost his job. He spend his free time maintaining his gardens, but also drinking and smoking more than usual. I stayed with Kobayashi in his home during several trips to the zone. He showed me around Odaka city in his car. He showed me the seawall sections were held together by flimsy pieces of rubber, which was easily breached, unlike the neighboring town where reinforced-steel was used and the seawall held. Succumbing to pressure from police and government officials Kobayashi eventually left Odaka. Having lost both his job and his home to this disaster, he joined his wife in a small, minimally furnished apartment in Haranomachi. Fukushima is a beautiful place. I wanted to capture a bit of the 2,000 square kilometers of containmated land--large areas of farmland and forests, mountains, beaches, people's homes and businesses, entire towns. In January 2012, while camping near Namie I was arrested and warned I could lose my VISA if I was caught again.