Last week, Japan shocked most of the world with its decision to re-open schools despite the widespread devastation caused by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and an ensuing tsunami that hit the country's Pacific Coast on March 11.
According to reports, 74 of the 108 students at Okawa Elementary School. All teachers, barring one, died in the disaster, which caused the main building to rip open while trees jammed into classrooms and the playground turned grounds for the quake ruins.
Just after a mere 13 day delay, Japan re-opened schools in the tsunami-hit regions yet again proving the country's resilience that has come to impress the world over the recent weeks even amid continual efforts to contain a massive nuclear crisis at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Scroll down to see the photos of schools re-opening in disaster-torn Japan: