One Japanese Town, One Year Later

As towns in the quake zone go, Matsushima is lucky.

It starts with topography. Some 260 pine-covered islands dot its bay; for centuries they’ve made this town of 15,000 one of Japan’s most scenic places and a top tourist destination.

On March 11, 2011, the islands served as a breakwater against the massive tsunami generated by Japan’s most powerful earthquake on record (9 on the Richter scale)…

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And check out the slide show of images from Matsushima.