Japan’s tsunami devastated the coastal town of Rikuzentakata. But, one month on, it is starting to rise again.
Chosen by lottery, a handful of survivors are moving into temporary accommodation and thinking of what lies ahead long-term.
“I don’t know what the future will bring but we are going to stay upbeat,” said one of those taking up residence, Sakai Sasaki, aged 80. “Within two years, we would even like to build a small house. I used to be a carpenter and my grandchildren say they will help me. So I want to build a small house of my own.”
Families can live in the prefabricated buildings for up to two years. Household goods like washing machines and fridges have been supplied by the Japanese Red Cross and other NGOs.
It may be far removed from the family homes they have lost but these temporary dwellings signal the start of a new life for survivors, after the tsunami.