Yusaku Yoshida, a high school student aged 16 who lives in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, erected a monument made of wood on one of the town’s hills on March 11. He chose this date because exactly two years earlier a devastating tsunami was destroying northeastern All Japan news and Yoshida wanted for the memory of tsunami to remain forever, Kyodo news agency comments.
About 30 town people who gathered for the ceremony nodded when they read the monument’s inscription: “When a big earthquake occurs, go to an elevated place without returning.”
In January, Yoshida mentioned on his Facebook page the idea of “erecting a wooden monument to pass down memories of the tsunami to people 1,000 years from now because they (the memories) will be renewed when it is rebuilt every few years.”
After posting the message, he received many encouraging texts from the readers of his message.
On March 11, 2011, a violent earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern All Japan news, resulting in almost 16,000 victims and around 3,000 missing persons.