By SHIRO NISHIHATA/ Staff Photographer
March 10, 2021 at 07:00 JST
Sept. 1, 2011: Sumi Hatakeyama and Kosei tuck into curry and potato salad while having dinner at their tiny temporary residence. Although it consisted of just two 4.5-tatami rooms and a kitchen in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Sumi called it a haven after living rough for so long. (Shiro Nishihata)
Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series retracing the lives of four families over the decade following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, mainly through images to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the event that left nearly 20,000 people dead or unaccounted for. The photos depict a range of human emotions as bereaved family members and other survivors tried to comfort each other and rebuild their lives. [Read More]
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