Beached ship, surviving pine, broken seawall now summer vacation photo opportunities
A 100-meter-long freighter sitting on a pier, a crumbled seawall once dubbed the Great Wall, and the sole surviving pine tree out of 70,000 are some of the remnants of the March tsunami in Iwate Prefecture drawing visitors this summer vacation season.
Regional icon: Tourists visit a beach in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on Monday to view the sole pine tree that survived the March 11 tsunami. The tree has become a symbol of the region’s recovery. KYODO
“I wanted to let my kid know the dangers of tsunami,” said Seiko Obara, a 48-year-old company employee from Tokyo who came to see the 4,724-ton Asian Symphony on the pier in Kamaishi with his 9-year-old son, Taichi, during their visit to his parents’ home in Hanamaki, also in Iwate.
Michihiro Kono watched as last month’s tsunami destroyed his home and the soy sauce business handed down through generations of his family. He describes what happened on 11 March and explains why rebuilding local industry is vital.