Fukushima Tides (Japan)
Abandoned graveyard washed away by the waves
The Namie town graveyard sits beside the estuary, on reclaimed land between the sea and the foothills. As you go inland, the foothills rise suddenly, like gnarled chicken feet, all skinny and sheer, rearing up from the earth. The Ukedo Elementary school is famous. When the teachers heard the tsunami warning, they knew they didn’t have much time. They rounded up the kids and marched them as quickly as they could up those chicken scratch hills. And they saved them all. A minor miracle given the scale of devastation unleashed that day. But the stone preists in the graveyard couldn’t run. Phlegmatic, they waited for the tide to roll in and do to them what it willed.