Treasured items after the Sendai Earthquake

22 Apr

The 「毎日新聞」 (“Mainichi News”) Japanese newspaper interviewed some of the survivors of the March 11 earthquake in the 東北地方 (Tohoku Region) who lost loved ones and most of their possessions and asked them to show something that has become a treasure to them in this difficult time.

Some of the replies were very touching. Here are a sample of them (all photos in this post are ©毎日新聞 (Mainichi News)):

This 11-year-old boy, who lost his grandfather and great-grandmother in the earthquake, treasures his school bag that his teacher found in the rubble of his elementary school.

This man treasures the wrist-watch that was found on the body of his son, that was a firefighter who died in the disaster

This 4-year old girl's family lost all of their possessions. She treasures the donated toy that was given to her at the shelter her family's staying at.

This woman lost her husband in the tsunami. She treasures her family photos.

This eldery man's wife has been missing since the tsunami. He put his hand on his heart and said that he will always treasure his memories.

6 Responses to “Treasured items after the Sendai Earthquake”

  1. gigihawaii April 26, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    I hope you and your family are well. I worry about the effects of radiation on you people. And, yes, those pics of people and their favorite things are very touching.


    • tokyo5 April 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      We’re all fine, thank you!


  2. musings April 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    This is all so sad. My mother tells me that her uncle’s home in Shichigahama was completely washed away. He’s had to move in with his son. I didn’t even know she had an uncle who was still alive. I’ve been learning more about the family since the disaster. Thank goodness the rest of our family is coping. I’m really worried about the radiation threat.


    • tokyo5 April 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

      >My mother(‘s)…uncle’s home…was completely washed away.

      That’s terrible. But, thankfully, he’s OK.

      >I’m really worried about the radiation threat.

      Yes. Hopefully the Fukushima Plant can be brought under control soon.


  3. Rachael April 23, 2011 at 1:24 am #

    =/ So touching. Thank you for sharing this.


    • tokyo5 April 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

      >So touching.

      I agree.

      >Thank you for sharing this.

      Thank you for commenting.


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