A man and a woman stand near a replica of a lone pine tree that initially survived the 2011 tsunami that flattened the surrounding coastal forest, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on March 4. The tree, which eventually died of seawater exposure, was known as the "Miracle Pine," and townspeople treated, reinforced and then preserved it as a memorial and symbol of hope for the region. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko

Symbols stand as reminder of disaster for future generations


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New roads, new town halls, shopping centre? How about new houses ubove the tsunami line? I get you need roads, town halls a focus for fiscal abuse and usless especially in a disaster situation. But shopping centre? Prioritys are bizarre. Just yesterday news story the number of displaced after 10 years trying to move on get little help. Today shopping centre and town hall. What is going on. A house an income I would consider more important. It took five years before the residents and survivors in the city of Ishinomaki — where more than 3,000 people were killed in the tsunami That's so sad

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Many of the hardest-hit survivors of the tsunami were struck by a second wave of pain suffering years of indignity and insult when the LDP threw them under the bus of broken promises.

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They have replanted the forest, but they’re still only saplings.

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There are stone markers placed on the surrounding mountainsides warning people in the future that "this is how far the tsunami rose" , placed there hundreds of years ago, by people who suffered a similar disaster.

People sadly and regrettably ignored the markers, as they will eventually with these as well.

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I cried under the original tree.

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This incident has made me feel all the people in Japan should keep it in memory and pass it down to next generations. In order to make it possible for them to remember this tragedy, we all the Japanese have to remember it, and try to continue taking any action to pass down the calamity. Whether or not victims want to forget this tragic things, we have to go ahead to reconstruct Japan, looking on the bright sides, trying to rise above the toughness, and gazing at the light at the end of the tunnel.

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"pass down the memory of the calamity"

It will only last as long as a generation or two at best. Sadly the "collective" has problems with remembering history, and does all it canto erase the memories that hurt the most!

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pass down the calamity.

Sorry I have made a mistake. I have wanted to write "pass down the memory of the calamity"

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I remember that horrible day. I was at a VA clinic and it was on the TV. Haiti had been socked by a bad earthquake just 2 months before.

As that Pink Floyd song says, 'The flames have died, long gone but the pain - it lingers on'.

Via Mercycorps' website I wrote several messages of sympathy and encouragement to Japanese children on a 'board' that was later translated and given to them.

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That symbolic tree died years ago and was replaced with an anime fake version. Get over it, peeps. It is the politicians looking for a symbol. A fake symbol is fake. Where is the real symbol of hope and perseverance?

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