Digging the Scene
Photograph by Michael Yamashita
A rare stretch of tidal flats in Chiba prefecture lures throngs to Tokyo Bays annual early summer harvest of clams, which are plucked from the mud within sight of an oil refinery. Heavy industries have long stood cheek by jowl with densely populated sections of the bay area. Pollution has impaired the fishing industry, a problem worsened by the relentless filling in of the bay. Landfill obstructs the water circulation needed to carry away chemical toxins.