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Kadowaki Elementary School

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 12, 2011

One of the saddest places I have ever visited must be this school, the Kadowaki Elementary (門脇小学校). It survived the earthquake and the following tsunami, like most schools in the disaster hit areas, but it didn’t stand a chance when struck by the burning cars. The wall of water made it impossible for the fire fighters to try and put out the fire from the front, so their only way to fight the fire was to go around to the back of the school, climb up the hill and shoot water down from above it. They managed to save about half of the school, including most first grader’s classrooms, and the gym. Of the 300 students 8 are still missing. Here are photos I took right in front of the school, and of the burned out teacher’s office on the ground floor. The burnt out classrooms on the top floor belonged to the 5th and 6th grades. The tsunami reached far up on the second floor. If it hadn’t been for the hill behind the school it would have been much worse.













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  1. carrie ann said, on April 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I can’t imagine what seeing that in person would be like. It looks like something out of some horrible apocalyptic movie. I feel so horrible for all the people who called it home and have lost everything.

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    • tokyobling said, on April 13, 2011 at 1:18 am

      It changes you, for sure. I think I am a different person today, probably a better person. But it’s important to remember that the people up there have it so much worse and still they carry on day to day. It makes you stronger to see their strength. We can all learn from them. Also, no one I met complained about losing homes or stuff or money or income. Everyone had lost much more in friends and family members killed. It makes one realize what is important and what is not.

      Thanks for the comment Carrie Ann!

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  2. Lili said, on April 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Oh my God it’s awful!
    You know I’m a mother and these pics hurt me so much
    Pictures of the calculator and the Teddy bear made me cry. I imagine those poor children, frivolity of youth swept away like that
    I pray for the 8 ones of them missing and their family

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    • tokyobling said, on April 13, 2011 at 1:20 am

      Thank you Lili. I met a few students from this school and although I have no idea what they are feeling inside, on the outside they were much like normal kids, playing and making jokes. Kids are fantastic!

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