In the town of Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture, heavily devastated by the tsunami on March 11, college students were handling photos salvaged from the rubble and carefully cleaning them, one by one.

The photos showed images of wedding ceremonies, "Shichi-Go-San" rite-of-passage ceremonies for children and scenes from trips. Many had faded in color and had mold growing on them. Beside the students, photographers were taking digital pictures of the images, because the photographs may undergo further deterioration during rainy season.

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