Classmates of Kumamoto

A portrait of 15-year-olds after a major quake

Five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, two major earthquakes measuring between magnitudes 6 and 7 struck Japan again, this time in the southern prefecture of Kumamoto. More than half of the students at a local junior high school had their homes damaged, forcing them to live in shelters in their broken town. Scarred by the terror of facing death, they continued to support each other and go on with their daily lives. This is a portrait of teenagers and their brave determination to move forward despite the uncertainty of their futures.