On March 11, 2011, a tsunami was triggered by a magnitude  9 earthquake that struck 130 km off the coast of Northern Japan and swept  across the coast of Northern Honshu, destroying all in its path. A year later, thousands of  photographs, slowly deteriorating due to the elements, lie scattered throughout  the tsunami affected region of Japan. Above, a damaged photograph of people celebrating a national  holiday. It, and the following images, were found in albums lying by a roadside in Rikuzentakata, a city  in Iwate that was devastated by the tsunami.

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On March 11, 2011, a tsunami was triggered by a magnitude  9 earthquake that struck 130 km off the coast of Northern Japan and swept  across the coast of Northern Honshu, destroying all in its path. A year later, thousands of  photographs, slowly deteriorating due to the elements, lie scattered throughout  the tsunami affected region of Japan. Above, a damaged photograph of people celebrating a national  holiday. It, and the following images, were found in albums lying by a roadside in Rikuzentakata, a city  in Iwate that was devastated by the tsunami.

On March 11, 2011, a tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 9 earthquake that struck 130 km off the coast of Northern Japan and swept across the coast of Northern Honshu, destroying all in its path. A year later, thousands of photographs, slowly deteriorating due to the elements, lie scattered throughout the tsunami affected region of Japan. Above, a damaged photograph of people celebrating a national holiday. It, and the following images, were found in albums lying by a roadside in Rikuzentakata, a city in Iwate that was devastated by the tsunami.

A family portrait.

A family portrait.

A group of school children on an outing.

A group of school children on an outing.

A girl dressed in a kimono for the shichi-g0-san festival.

A girl dressed in a kimono for the shichi-g0-san festival.

Children face the camera, but this photo is too damaged to know more. 

Children face the camera, but this photo is too damaged to know more. 

A photo taken at a wedding.

A photo taken at a wedding.

A young man stands by the water.

A young man stands by the water.

A family portrait.

A family portrait.

A group of children.

A group of children.

A group of high school students on a train.

A group of high school students on a train.

Children at a school.

Children at a school.

A young woman dressed in a kimono and holding a parasol.

A young woman dressed in a kimono and holding a parasol.

A group of high school students.

A group of high school students.

       Two girls dressed in kimonos. 

 

Two girls dressed in kimonos. 

A damaged photograph.

A damaged photograph.

A close up of a child.

A close up of a child.

A portrait of a family.

A portrait of a family.

A photograph of two children.

A photograph of two children.

A class of school children.

A class of school children.

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