The pine tree is the sole survivor of the 3.11 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate and now a symbol of reconstruction for the city as well as for the whole Tohoku. Rikuzen-Takata lost almost 10% of its 20,000 people. The pine avenue, renowned as Takata Matsubara (pien tree avenue) was once a popular tourist site also enjoyed as a local recreational venue. Only one survived out of 70,000 over 2km, some of which were over 300 year old. Nearly a year and half has passed since 3.11 devastation. On this August day, the sea was so calm and the sky so so blue as if nothing has happened – but still nearly 2,000 people are missing, 340,000 in evacuation and for 160,000 people in Fukushima, it is not certain when and if they can see their home again.