Our purpose is verification and lore about what happened at Okawa Elementary School.
Sharing a wish with many people.
The establishment is November 2013.

Your favorite school
Classroom, hallway, schoolyard, gymnasium
Cherry petals swaying in the wind
Swing swing towards the sky
Library waiting for bus with picture book

I will not forget that smile
I will not forget that song
I will not forget that memory
I will not forget that sadness

“I’m going.”
I will not forget the same scenery as that morning

A muddy textbook
Wash and dry
English sannin

March 11, 2011.
The tsunami has flowed with many trees and rubble.
They stuck to the bridge and stopped the flow. The tsunami that flooded from there hit the school.
After waiting in the schoolyard, the teacher and the children went to the river instead of the mountain.
They started to move one minute before the tsunami reached.


Of the 108 elementary school children, 74 were sacrificed.
Seventy children died and four were missing.54 families became bereaved.
Eleven teachers were in the schoolyard. Ten of them were sacrificed.

The embankment was broken, the bridge was broken and the car could not pass. I went there by boat.
When I got there, many children’s bodies lined up by the bridge.
I can not forget the sight. I think I should not forget.

We brought the children to the truck and stacked them side by side.

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There is a gently sloping mountain right by the school.

The children were growing mushrooms in this mountain. It was March every year. It is the same season as that day.

So the children said, “Let’s go to the mountains.” Some children ran to the mountain. But they were returned to the schoolyard.

The earthquake occurred at 14:46. The tsunami arrived at 15:37.
It took 51 minutes for the tsunami to arrive. There was enough information about the tsunami on radio etc

Mountains do not save lives. It is judgment and action that save lives.

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The seal of the child’s name remains without peeling. It is evidence that the children lived here.

There is a title in the school song of Okawa Elementary School.
It is “Open the future.”

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Please remember that there was a school where the children had fun learning and playing.

We should not repeat this.
Please go back home every day.
Please be sure to say “I’m Home”every day.

Many people visit, pray and learn this place every day. Many people clean school and plant flowers.

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2015.3.16 Not to repeat the “tragedy” of Okawa Elementary School

2016.4.5 Preserving Okawa Elementary School is the right thing to do  PDF

2016.3.12 Verspäteter Wiederaufbau der Herzen  PDF