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  • 10 years ago, the worst earthquake in recorded Japanese history struck off the coast of the Tohoku area of Japan.

  • This was followed by a terrifying tsunami that absolutely devastated much of the areas.

  • Coastal cities.

  • Many smaller towns and villages were almost entirely wiped out.

  • This is the story of one of those villages, and as people a small town called, You know.

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  • To them here or there, God has a mandatory step.

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  • As a remote done this name, I had the opportunity to speak with three locals, all with very different stories.

  • A fisherman who barely escaped with his life thanks to him being able to read the movement of the ocean.

  • A former student who watched her entire town be wiped out in front of her eyes by the tsunami and a second generation hotel owner who, despite her best efforts, was taken by the tsunami.

  • I want to start by sharing their stories from that day.

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  • We're talking about nine years.

  • The kangaroo, You hear the and I cut out a cake and I Luckily, by the time the tsunami hit land, the elementary school and junior high school students had managed to evacuate to a mountain path but were forced to climb higher and higher as the tsunami took over the entire town.

  • So though talking about I don't be scared, it's wrong.

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  • He couldn't listen.

  • They couldn't see.

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  • The town suffered nearly complete destruction.

  • Very few buildings survived.

  • Even the schools which in Japan are designed to be the strongest buildings in any given town, not just to protect the Children, but also to serve as an evacuation point for everyone took on irreparable damage as the water and debris rolled over them to stay Koga.

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  • How myself?

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  • Even the construction, which has been ongoing for a full decade now, is an ever present reminder that has become a part of daily life.

  • It's everywhere you look from buildings to roads too wide open, empty lots and even the massive seawalls that are being rebuilt between the town and the ocean.

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  • And while much of the town has been rebuilt, it still feels so incomplete.

  • Plots of land remain empty almost as a reminder of the loss of life.

  • And of those who chose to leave Children playing in a holler out streets and piles of dirt on emptied ground.

  • New homes are still being built and blessed, but they're few and far between.

  • You can see the progress, but it's not without its gaping in obvious holes.

  • In much like the landscape, the people will never be the same 10 years later, And that day it's memories and lessons have still stuck with them.

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  • They've all shared the same story so many times that as each interview starts, you can tell that it's almost become routine.

  • The way they move the formality in their speech patterns, the polished presentation of their story.

  • It's only when you manage to break the usual pattern or change the environment that their dispositions suddenly shifts.

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10 years ago, the worst earthquake in recorded Japanese history struck off the coast of the Tohoku area of Japan.

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