An Essay from Tohoku

On Friday, March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Tohoku, Japan’s rural northeast, combined with a destructive tsunami to wipe out villages, ignite a nuclear crisis, and cause the greatest mass loss of life in Japan since World War II.

Caught in the disaster were the children of Tohoku, who went from finishing a school year one moment to facing tragedy the next.

On this second anniversary of the disaster, we highlight an essay written afterward by then-second grader Mai Nakamura of Sendai. The essay appears in the book Children of the Tsunami: The Unwritten Stories (Bungeishunju Ltd., 2011), which is being offered for full translation and publication abroad on the J-Lit website Books from Japan.

For more stories, please also visit our updated Children of Tohoku page.

Thank you for joining us as we remember the children and teens of Tohoku on 3.11.

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