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A Novelist’s Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake

Reuters A painting at an area damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Natori, Miyagi prefecture, seen one year later.

The following short story by writer Kazumi Saeki, titled “Hiyoriyama,” is a fictional tale dealing with the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which occurred one year ago today.

Beppu was just coming out of the gymnasium.

Standing in the school yard, I raised my hand in greeting. He saw me immediately and came over.

Izawa had told me that

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