mainichi shinbun, photos, sendai

3.11 disaster survivors search for family photos at Sendai display, mainichi, 8/17/2013

SENDAI — Survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are searching a display here of photos found in the disaster’s aftermath, looking for precious family snapshots.

Around 200,000 photographs collected from the coastal areas of the city’s Miyagino and Wakabayashi wards are on display at the Miyagino Ward Chuo citizens’ center. It is the third time the two wards have worked together to put the collected photographs on display for survivors to search. There were originally around 300,000 photographs, which were cleaned by members of the volunteer group Omoide Kaeru (Returning memories), and around 100,000 have thus far been returned to their owners.

Tomiko Ono, 70, whose home in Miyagino Ward was hit by tsunami, found pictures of her grandchild and of herself when she was younger.

“I’m partly happy, but I’m also sad that nothing else remains,” she said.

The display will continue through Aug. 25, excluding the 19th, with pictures returned to their owners from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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