The tsunami that struck eastern Japan on March 11th washed away towns and villages, along with people's lives, all along the Pacific coast, but most of the many shell mounds in the Tohoku region were undamaged. It is said that in order to avoid another tragedy we should give more thought to the planning of future communities, but I believe we also have much to learn from the lives and thought of the Jomon people of the distant past.
Selected Papers No.16

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