Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have visited a memorial for people who perished in the massive tsunami that hit coastal areas of northeastern Japan in 2011.
The imperial couple visited the monument in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, on Thursday morning. The visit is part of a tour of areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as well as the ensuing nuclear accident.
The monument in Ishinomaki was erected a year after the tsunami to comfort the souls of 392 victims, many of whom had worked in the local fishing industry.
As residents looked on, the imperial couple bowed deeply in front of the memorial and prayed for the victims.
After the ceremony, the Emperor and Empress walked over to a group of elderly people in wheelchairs who were there to welcome them. They asked the well-wishers to take care of themselves and thanked them for waiting in the cold.
Source and image: NHK