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Just another day in Japan...

April 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Just Another day.

Two hours of wrestling with Japanese Kanji in the local Convenience store (4.30 am to 6.30) and I am confident I can write the complexities of `kidney,   testicle,  elbow (archaic version) body cavity,`  with ease anytime,  anywhere.   Who cares?

Am enjoying a relaxing drive to work listening to the early morning baroque program -  the music stops.   Two bars of a metallic sounding version of the Cembalo solo from the Nut-cracker Suite, at least that`s what it sounds like to me.  It stops.  I immediately pull over to the side of the road.

`Attention.  Serious earthquake now occuring in Miyage Prefecture.  People in surrounding Prefectures cannot stand safely.  Get under a table to protect yourself as quickly as possible.`

One of the surrounding prefectures is Fukushima and i wonder if the reactor is going to blow up today.

Just another day in Japan.

I tell people about the presents and money we have received from v.commie.  The look of gratitude on their faces is deeply moving.



From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 2:25 AM

Good luck Buri... 

I can imagine that living and sleeping with earthquake threats is really no fun!  We all experienced situations when we felt traped in something bigger than us...  That could be dangerous to an extant.

I can relate to the fire in my building when I had to go down 21 stories with smoke in the stairs not knowing what was down there (fire was lower than my story)  And the first days I had to spend there after that event... 

Of course, it's very different and I'm lucky to not be in Japan.

I just mean that anyone who has experienced that sort of "state" or "stress" even only once or in a lesser version can imagine what it would be to always live with threats of somthing "out of your control"...



Btw, I heard that a door or window was better than a table...  If the whole house/building falls down, the frame walls are most likely those who will stay up.    (maybe that's a bit extreme but I wouldn't take chances if going outside is not possible)

Good luck to Japan, you and Po!  Perhaps you're in good company because animals feel quakes way before humans...

Happy if the little contributions everyone can make has a positive effect! 


From Rebecca Hopkins
Posted on April 17, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I can't imagine the strain you and others are under. May I share your post with an instructor and class?

From Eileen Geriak
Posted on April 17, 2011 at 11:13 PM

My son was stationed at Misawa AFB....he just got out of there last November and was moved stateside.   I'm so glad he's not there !   I do have some friends who live just outside of Tokyo though.....not a good place to be right now !

Take care and stay safe !

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