10 Nov '11, 3am

Japanese citizen's group to plant cherry trees at the high-water mark of tsunami

TOKYO - A citizens' group from Tohoku region has come up with the idea of planting cherry trees at the high-water mark of the tsunami that devastated the north-east of Japan on March 11. The first of a line of 17,300 cherry trees were planted every 10m along the 173km of the coastline that was most seriously affected by the tsunami. Cherry trees have long been seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, but the volunteers who began planting the trees in the devastated town of Rikuzentakata on Sunday hope they will serve a different purpose. In previous centuries, survivors of a major tsunami placed stone markers at the high-water mark. Those markers have since been forgotten or covered with undergrowth, leaving the people of the Tohoku region with no indicator of how far inland they needed to move when the magnitude-9 earthquake struck off the coast in March. By p...

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