2011年03月16日(水) 00時01分00秒 soulsearchinの投稿

◆ 311 Catastrophe : My Thoughts For Earthquake

◆ 311 Catastrophe : My Thoughts For Earthquake (日本語訳は下にあります)

【311 Catastrophe: Where there’s a hope, there’s a life】


Since March 11, I have received many emails and concerning about my safety from outside of Japan as well as in Japan. Fortunately, I am safe and OK, so far, as well as my family and friends. I’d like to appreciate for your caring words so I think now is the time to write about my thoughts for this catastrophe.


2:46pm, March 11, 2011. I was home (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan). First shock was not so big. Shaky vibrate laterally. But it seems forever. Loooong. I didn’t know what to do, what should we do. Very scared. As Japanese, we’ve been experienced many earthquakes before, but this is the biggest ever that I experienced. Later, we learned this was magnitude 9.0 which was the 5 biggest in current history all over the world. I stood at middle of the room and didn’t know what to do. Stack of CDs and magazines, books, papers collapsed. However my room was safe and OK compared to others maybe because this is first floor.

Friend of mine who experienced Kobe Earthquake in 1996 said “(When Kobe Earthquake hit) During my sleep, suddenly I was lifted from the bed to ceiling, and TV monitor more than 200 lbs fly in the air. Today, I was at the sidewalk and felt “shit, once again!””

Soon trains and subways were all down, 2 hours later, mother called me to pick her up at Nihonbashi which is 6 miles from my home. When I said OK, I had no idea of how this earthquake was big and on my way there. But once I hit the main road, traffic was hell as bumper to bumper. Cars on 4 lanes each directions never moved, while people walking at a brisk pace both directions. Roads became parking lot. Look upon sky, it was dark and cloudy. It looks like “Armageddon”.

It would take only 20 or 30 minutes to get there normally, but it took almost 3 hours due to heavy traffic jam.

At the time, I didn’t realize this earthquake was such a disaster. But as time passes, I got to know this one was biggest earthquake in Japan’s history and also attacked by giant Tsunami.

I couldn’t say any words when I saw this Tsunami on TV later, and feel human being have no power to forces of nature.

Our colleagues, popular pop group Gospellers postponed their shows supposed to do on March 14 and 15.

Nile Rodgers delayed his daily blog due to Japan’s earthquake.

As the days passes, the number of deaths skyrocketed. After 4 days of earthquake and Tsunami, authorities still searching for residents, but have no idea of how many are missing and casualties.

Radio DJ plays “Kibou to iu na no hikari” (means Light Named Hope) by Japan’s renowned singer/songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita. Yes, right now, we need light named hope.

Aftershocks still going on, short of food and water, short of gasoline, planned-blackouts occurred, economy damaged little by little, nuclear plants have big problems going on.

Between those bleak, dismal news, there’s a hope. A 60 year-old man was found and saved after 2 days of drifting in the sea on the roof of the house which was hit and broke by Tsunami. 75 year-old lady was found and saved after 92 hours of earthquake. 20-year-old guy was found and saved after 96 hours. Her house was hit by Tsunami but didn’t drift and she never moved there.

New York Times reports character of Japanese who is still in order to make lines to buy something with nobody squeeze in even if it is at convenience store, at this crisis mode.

This is 311 Catastrophe. But we have to survive. What we need now is hope, courage, and love and spirit of caring each other. As Americans survive after 911, so do Japanese will survive after 311.

As they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. I’d say, where there’s a hope, there’s a life. Where there’s a life, there’s a hope.

As show must go on, life must go on.

by Yoshioka Masaharu
The Soul Searcher




























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