|School kids parade at the Senmaya Festival|
|A factory in Kesenumma, The tsunami punched a hole right in the wall.|
|The shells of destroyed buildings punctuate a wasteland at Kesenumma.|
|The stunning wasteland|
|This is the second floor of a building. The ground floor has been swept away. Somehow the second floor survived.|
Then we noticed a bit of damage. It seemed to be on the ground floor of buildings. Some had perfectly intact second floors or higher, but the ground floor was just the supports and little else. Maybe a solid brick wall. Some of the more stable buildings had sort of open air shops inside the ground floor. One place was selling what looked like kites and other festival decorations.
|The old piers now sink into the water, but boats still enter the harbour.|
On the 11th of July I was at my other school. We had a minute's silence in remembrance. That was in Ichinoseki. I've been told there was no power for two weeks here and man hole covers burst up from the roads. I've seen one building the earthquake made 'unsafe', but generally, if you weren't looking closely, you mightn't know Ichinoseki was affected. But Kesenumma is another, horrifying story which is hard to comprehend. I saw the videos, the footage of the wave that took cars up and deposited them kilometres away. But now I have a little more of an idea how real it was.
I hope I never get to understand what it was like to experience first hand.