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Japan Survivors Scramble For Salvaged Photographs

NATORI, Japan — The pictures are a random, soiled sampling of years and decades past: a young girl laughing at a festival; a somber couple in black and white; an awkward group posing at Universal Studios.Former residents of the tsunami…

NATORI, Japan — The pictures are a random, soiled sampling of years and decades past: a young girl laughing at a festival; a somber couple in black and white; an awkward group posing at Universal Studios.

Former residents of the tsunami-ravaged area walk slowly along as they scan the columns of images, which are clipped or taped to long pieces of string on the walls of this muddy gymnasium, a motley testament to a town that no longer exists.

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