O n the coast of eastern Japan a damaged police headquarters pushes its side, ripped from the ground by the tsunami that ravaged the nation in 2011.
“We are going to keep that structure as a tip of the catastrophe,” states Yoshinori Taura, assistant director of the town of Onagawa’s healing promo department. “To ensure the memories are passed to the next generation.”
This has to do with more than belief. Onagawa was wiped out by the tsunami; as it constructs a brand-new future, the destroyed police headquarters will be a day-to-day suggestion to go to high ground whenever the tsunami siren sounds.
But the restoration has to do with more than keeping the town safe from natural catastrophes. The town is likewise looking for a method to construct a growing, dynamic neighborhood in spite of huge population decrease. The tsunami just sped up Onagawa’s sheer shrinking, which is now the fastest of any of the nation’s towns: in between 1965 and 2011, the population cut in half, to 10,000. It has actually now dropped to around 6,500.