Students at a junior high school in tsunami-hit Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, are making a fresh start in their efforts to keep traditional performing arts alive.

Tsugaruishi Junior High School was inundated by 60 cm of floodwater when the giant tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011.

Although all of the roughly 140 students and teachers at the school evacuated to safe ground, 52 of the 117 houses in the school district were damaged or destroyed.