Piano that survived 2011 tsunami on display at Sendai airport

A piano damaged in the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in 2011 has been put on display at an airport in Miyagi Prefecture for anyone to play.

The grand piano was temporarily installed at Sendai Airport on Wednesday. Visitors are recalling their memories of the disaster while playing what has been dubbed the "reconstruction piano."

The instrument was engulfed in the tsunami that was triggered by the massive earthquake on March 11, 2011.

Self-Defense Force personnel used heavy machinery to pull it out of the water.

The piano has been repaired and tuned. But the marks on the case have been left intact, along with partial damage to one of the white keys.

A woman in her 70s from Sendai City says she has heard about the piano, but this is the first time she has seen and touched it. She says it's wonderful that it produces beautiful sounds.

Another woman from Fukushima Prefecture says she enjoyed playing the piano with her daughter. She says she would like to pass on her experiences of the disaster to her daughter through opportunities like this.

The piano will be on display at the airport's arrival lobby on the first floor through March 12.