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A Model Memorial for Survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake

The Lost Homes Model Restoration Project creates scale models of destroyed areas for surviving locals to remember their former communities and lives.

A scale model of Kesenunuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, produced in 2011. Photo by Takumi Ota/Lost Homes Project.

Memories are ephemeral in the massive fabric of time. A birthday can be easily forgotten, and a former lover’s embrace can be quickly overshadowed by the next. Mementos—photographs, trophies, garments, etc.—help us hold onto the past, but what if there are no physical tokens left to jog our memories?

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