Wave Length

The media tends to move on from natural disasters, even those that are completely unimaginable. The Guardian’s Richard Lloyd Parry takes a look back at one decision at one school in the moments that followed the 2011 Tsunami that devastated Japan. “It was quite late on, the summer after the tsunami, when I heard about a small community on the coast that had suffered an exceptional tragedy. Its name was Okawa; it lay in a forgotten fold of Japan, below hills and among rice fields. In the years that followed, I encountered many survivors and stories of the tsunami, but it was to Okawa that I returned time and again. And it was there, at the school, that I eventually became able to imagine.”

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