Kesennuma was perhaps most famous for the huge tanker ship washed a kilometre inland. Now it is awash with brand new apartments but the ship has been carved up and removed. According to the locals it was full of rats. One good tale to come to Kesennuma was the junior high school which was able to get all of the students to safety. It too is being kept as is – a reminder of that fateful day.
Today the school stands like this. Cars still scattered among the buildings and in the classrooms.