Salvaged Photos On Display at Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

By on Apr 16, 2011 in Asia, World Comments
Salvaged Photos at Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Salvaged Photos at Natori, Miyagi Prefecture
Credit: AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Natori, Japan – Salvaged photos from the tsunami-hit town of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan are being displayed at an elementary school gymnasium, several news sites reported on Thursday.

According to reports, the photos are gradually being cleaned and put on display by volunteers in hopes that their owners will find them. The photos were said to be carried by soldiers working nearby or locals roaming the streets of the ravaged town. It was reported that boxloads of muddy and torn photo albums arrive everyday on the site.

Saori Takezawa, 35, leads the team of volunteers that wash the photos and hang them. The pictures were said to be a random sampling of years and decades of the past. The photos include wedding pictures, vacation photos, family pictures and portraits.

“It’s just a way for people to keep their memories,” Ami Kisara, 24, was quoted saying. Kisara said that the home she grew up in was totally destroyed by the tsunami, and her father was washed away. She found her elementary school year book in the rubble.

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