Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J is for Japan




On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and a resultant tsunami hit Japan with devastating results.  One year later there are many videos of the disaster posted on You Tube, and this one illustrates the power of the tsunami contrasted with the resilience of the Japanese people. I have to be reminded to count my blessings. With the internet we can now see, in real time, events of all kinds all over the world where years ago people received world news later, if at all. When I watch this video, it helps me realize how very fortunate we are that there are so many good-hearted  people everywhere who stand ready to volunteer their help. The first few minutes of this video shows the devastation as it happened.  The last part is hopeful with the people from Tohoku showing their appreciation for the help they received in the aftermath.  The faces of the Japanese people stay with you after the video ends.

15 comments:

  1. The resilience of the Japanese really inspired me after the earthquake.

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    1. Me too, Misha, your aren't Russian by chance?

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  2. They are truly inspiring. Amazing how they've managed to thrive despite the tragedy.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com
    Dropping by from the A-Z!

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    1. Nutschell, I can't access your blog. . .any suggestions?

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  3. Amazing how vulnerable we are, even with all our technology. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

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    1. Have you kept track of the blogs you visited? I think I am up to 75.

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  4. Thanks for reminding us how blessed we are and how that can change at any moment.
    dreamweaver

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    1. So true, we have forest fires and some tornadoes here, and did have to evacuate because of a threatening forest fire, but the idea of a tsunami is terrifying.

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  5. Thank you for sharing and for the reminder to be aware.

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  6. Stephanie, thank you for your comment. We are so fortunate here in the US in so many ways.

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  7. Lovely country though

    Do check out my letters at GAC a-z

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    1. It is a lovely country, if you mean Japan.

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  8. Have you seen the photos of the devastation mere weeks later? Streets were clean already. The Japanese are very industrious people.

    On another note, I was watching a short documentary about the suicide forest at the base of Mt. Fugi. If you get a chance, Google Aokigahara Suicide Forest, or check it out on You Tube. It's creepy and sad at the same time.

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    1. Thanks Jeremy, I will. Have you read any work by Yukio Mishima? He wrote "The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea," and many, many other stories and novels. He committed suicide in 1970. Very interesting writer.

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  9. Yes - thanks for the reminder! Good post!

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