Returning to Life in Kamaishi
The first wave of the tsunami that followed Japan's devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake on Mar. 11 hit just south of the port city of Kamaishi, in the far northern prefecture of Iwate, breaching the world's deepest and longest sea wall, laying waste to much of the town, and killing nearly 6,000 of Kamaishi's residents. It was the third time a tsunami had destroyed Kamaishi in the past 150 years; the town had also been leveled by an American naval bombardment during World War II.
For the survivors, there was nothing to do but pick up the pieces, mourn the dead, and begin again. Writer Charles Graeber and photographer Giulio Di Sturco traveled to Kamaishi to tell their story.