When her American father unexpectedly passes away, Marie Mutsuki Mockett seeks consolation in her mother’s home country of Japan. Her relatives own a Buddhist temple near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where, after the 2011 tsunami, radiation levels prohibit the burial of her grandfather, who has also recently passed. Burdened with these personal sorrows, Mockett travels in the wake of the storm to explore the grief of others as she seeks her own path toward healing.
In her new book Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye
, Mockett records her travels across the island nation. She treks around the base of Mt.