It’s been five years since a 9.0 earthquake rocked Japan, but the images from that time are indelible: the wall of water devouring parts of the Japanese coastline. Cars lifted over walls and tumbling into the sides of buildings.

Then there’s all the fear and uncertainty that followed. When the Tsunami caused the meltdown of a nuclear power plant, the whole world was watching. And it’s in this climate of uncertainty that Junji Nishihata and his family found themselves. Not quite foreigners, and in many ways not quite Japanese either.

What does it feel like to be an outside in the middle of a national crisis? Today on ARRVLS, we go back in time to Japan, 2011.