The five images below provide a small sample of what will be on display at the exhibition. The first is the award-winning ‘She Cries’ which shows a distraught woman in the badly hit Yuriage District in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture. This is followed by ‘Can You Hear Me?’ in which a girl stands at the site where her home used to be playing a trumpet that was a gift from her grandmother. The tsunami took the lives of her mother, grandmother and grandfather.
The following two image show hope shining through the tragedy. The first – titled ‘We Still Love Our Sea’ – shows junior high school students leaping off a bridge into the water. The next – called simply ‘Thank You’ – was taken at a ceremony to mark the Ground Self-Defence Force’s withdrawal from tsunami relief work where GSDF members are being handed letters of appreciation from nursery school children.
The final shot is the iconic Lone Pine which survived the onslaught of the tsunami and was left standing in Takadamatsubara, a famous scenic area in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Carresseing Titled ‘Gentle Light,’ it has become a symbol both of the exhibition and Japan’s spirit in the face of adversity.
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