JDR Vol.16 No.2 pp. 157-162
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2021.p0157


Disaster Tourism as a Tool for Disaster Story Telling

Naoto Tanaka*1,†, Ikaptra*2, Satoru Kusano*3, Mariko Yamazaki*4, and Kazuo Matsumoto*5

*1Kumamoto University
2-39-1 Kurokami, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan

Corresponding author

*2University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

*3Sanriku Railway, Iwate, Japan

*4General Incorporated Foundation 3.11 Densho Road Promotion Organization, Miyagi, Japan

*5Governor’s Office, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto, Japan

August 2, 2020
December 14, 2020
February 1, 2021
disaster tourism, local identity, earthquake, sustainable development, community continuity planning (CCP)

Tourism helps communities sustain the memories of disaster and pass on live lessons. On the other hand, the memories and experiences of disaster and reconstruction thereafter constitute an important part of local resources for tourism that contribute to the development of local economies. In Indonesia, such tourism is even associated with sustainable tourism. In a particular type of tourism characterized by locally organized programs that exploits the indigenous resources and contacts with local resident, telling live lessons plays a pivotal role in linking pre- and post-devastation, local resident and visitors, and areas with and without disaster experiences. Here, we examine the significance of tourism as a forum for learning from and connecting with areas hit by disasters from the viewpoint of three “Links.” That is, “linking between pre- and post-devastation,” “linking between local resident and visitors,” and “linking between areas with and without disaster experiences.”

Cite this article as:
N. Tanaka, Ikaptra, S. Kusano, M. Yamazaki, and K. Matsumoto, “Disaster Tourism as a Tool for Disaster Story Telling,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.16 No.2, pp. 157-162, 2021.
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