Postcard from Japan: Kiseki-no-Ippon-Matsu

I’ve seen so much today. Whilst travelling down the Sanriku coast I’ve seen things my eyes could hardly believe. Huge spaces where there should have been towns. I also went to visit the ‘Kiseki-no-ippon-matsu’ or ‘Miracle Pine’ in Rikuzentakata. It was pretty moving, especially with the wrecked building that has been left beside it.

This tree was originally one of 70,000 pine trees along the coast of Rikuzentakata, and was the only one left standing after the tsunami devastated the town. It has now been restored and turned into a monument, standing as a symbol of hope and strength for the people of Tohoku.




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