|early blooming cherry blossoms at To-ji, kyoto, March 10th|
About three days have passed since the record powerful earthquake (once in 1000 years) hit northern east Japan extensively on March 11th. As time goes by, more and more damages and victims are revealed. I have more and more sinking mood as I read and hear about high level of radiation at damaged nuclear reactor, possibility of nuclear meltdown in another reactor, tens of thousands of missing people, ominous looking fire at a burning oil refinery in the pitch-dark, people suffering in agony on TV coverage..... : everything is terrifying, heartrending and unbearable to see. I'm thankful for being able to lead a normal life but I'm so sad at the bottom of my heart.
This is an unbelievable tough test of perseverance and courage for my country. Human being is helplessly fragile in the huge energy of nature but at the same time I believe human being is resolute in getting together to stand up from the ashes.
Your concern, prayers and wishes are really appreciated. I found John Donne’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (No man is an island) as someone’s feeling for Japan on the Internet and I shed tears. As a Japanese I must do something I can at this national emergency. Kansai Electric Power Company in my area is calling us for conservation as it has started supplementing power to Tohoku and Tokyo Electric Power Company which suffer shortage of electricity. Conservation of electric power is what I can do at least and I think I’ll refrain from using a computer for the time being. Very small quantity, but many drops make a shower.
Stay safe, warm, and healthy.
Yoko alias stardust
This post is a recall about another big earthquake which devastated Kobe in 1995.