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.