This page presents images and videos of our home town Rikuzentakata City,
Landscape of Rikuzentakata City before the earthquake
Our Rikuzentakata City was a place of scenic beauty, especially famous for "Takata Matsubara," a picturesque ocean view designated as one of the top hundred scenic views in Japan. During the short summer, "Kesen-cho Kenka Tanabata Festival" enlivens the City. The "Kesen River" is the city's symbol.
Kesen-cho Kenka Tanabata Festival
Images of the City and our school
Please contact us if you have pictures and/or videos of Rikuzentakata before the earthquake and want to post them on our web site.
Mr. Tomohiro Murata, president of "Murata Printing Service" in Ofunato, Iwate, published a photo album entitled "Kesen, a Devastated District." For detailed information, please click here (In Japanese only).
Post-earthquake Images of Rikuzentakata
A massive tsunami, triggered by the great earthquake of March 11, 2011 whose epicentre was off the Sanriku region, washed away Rikuzentakata, reducing the city to rubble. The elementary schools and junior high school where we studied were also damaged by the tsunami and the city's landscape changed completely.
Images of Rikuzentakata City (especially Kesen-cho district), Iwate Prefecture in March and April 2011.
Images of Rikuzentakata City (especially Kesen-cho district), Iwate Prefecture in August 2011.