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11 March 2013 @ 02:45 pm
On March 11th 2011 at 14:46 (Japan time) the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the Tohoku region of Japan and caused a tsunami that wrecked thousands of lives.

Two years later, those lives are slowly being pieced back together.

If you have the time, here are a collection of links and stories that sum up where Tohoku is at today.

A survey of Tohoku residents - 88% think reconstruction is moving slower than expected or not at all

A lack of jobs is preventing the return of displaced citizens

Four students graduate junior high school posthumously

Quake heard at the edges of space

Three bodies found between September and February - 2,600 still remain missing

Thousands protest against nuclear reactors

After the tsunami and two years later comparison photos

Keep the people of Tohoku in your thoughts today.
27 February 2013 @ 01:05 am
When I volunteered in Tohoku last March, there was a wonderful lady there who cooked the most wonderful meals for the volunteers. By that time she was just inviting groups over to her house occasionally for dinner and dropping off odd things at the volunteer house, but in the immediate aftermath of 3/11 (and for the next six months) she was regularly cooking lunch for 50 volunteers a day. All out of her own pocket and, at the beginning at least, without proper cooking equipment or supplies.

This is while the first floor of her own house had been ruined by the tsunami.

A cookbook of some of her recipes has been produced and alongside the recipes are many stories from volunteers who have worked in Tohoku (Ishinomaki, especially). It has both Japanese and English translations.

It's on sale via Amazon Japan (here, if you want to check it out) but as their international shipping is expensive for books, the volunteer group are offering to send them internationally via SAL or airmail.

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This is a copy pasta from INJM -

"Here is the deal : you pay for the book, the shipping costs, the Paypal fee and the packaging cost. You can choose Airmail (around one week delivery) or SAL (around two weeks delivery). INJM doesn’t make any profit out of this service.
International buyers only ! If you are in Japan you can get the book from Amazon with free shipping !

Prices (including all costs and fees) :

Airmail 1 book = 2890 yens
Airmail 2 books = 5410 yens (save 370)
Airmail 3 books = 7770 yens (save 900)
Airmail 4 books = 9990 yens (save 1570)
Airmail 5 books = 11970 yens (save 2480)

SAL 1 book = 2570 yens
SAL 2 books = 4770 yens (save 370)
SAL 3 books = 6930 yens (save 780)
SAL 4 books = 9100 yens (save 1180)
SAL 5 books = 11260 yens (save 1590)

Note that the maximum number of book shipped at once is 5 because more than that the shipping costs are too expensive. So if you want 8 books you’ll get 5 and 3.

Send an email to injm.merchandise@gmail.com with :
Full Name
Complete Address
Number of books
Shipping method (Airmail or SAL)
Paypal address

We will send you a Paypal invoice and ship the books once payment is confirmed."

I received the book at the weekend and can vouch that it's a good book with some good recipes and is a timely reminder as the second anniversary rapidly approaches that there is still so much more to do.

Even more info can be found here at the INJM Projects page

(This is a repost from my own LJ, sorry for any repeats on the F-lists!)
Today I visited an exhibition at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt and came across something that I want to share with you.

Suntory adds to its support for the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Effort by bringing together 71 volunteer artists to sing and boost people's morale. This video is an end to end edit of the 30 and 60-second TV commercials that feature singers and actors performing parts of "Ue wo Muite Arukou" & "Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi wo". These 2 Japanese classics were popularized by Sakamoto Kyu during the early 60s.


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Source link to the YT video, text & lyrics: http://youtu.be/RZNKikmVPGw
Current Mood: touchedtouched
09 March 2012 @ 08:41 pm
A few hundred yards from the seashore, on top of a small mound of earth, Japanese flags flutter in the brisk, chill breeze. There is a giant fir tree that is twisted and mangled but still alive, an ancient standing stone and some wooden stakes inscribed with prayers.

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Current Mood: sadsad

Masanori Yamashita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi--"At 2:46 p.m., March 11, I was in the middle of my fifth lesson at school."

So begins the diary of sixth-grade primary school student Karen Sasaki of Minami-Sanriku Town, who has been sharing her experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake through public readings.

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17 January 2012 @ 11:35 am
This is a news story about what the people of Hawaii have been doing. I'm sorry I only have a link for it. I will also share a link to their website as well.


17 January 2012 @ 08:08 pm
This short documentary was filmed in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, in November. There are interviews with survivors and those working to rebuild the city after it was devastated by the tsunami.

It's only fifteen minutes long, and I can't recommend watching this enough. It's such a real view of what is still happening there.

Then and Now from Paul Johannessen on Vimeo.

Current Mood: determined
The Meteorological Agency said Thursday that 6,757 aftershocks were felt in Japan after the March 11 disaster through Dec 31.

Of those, there were 14 with a magnitude over 5, 30 with a magnitude of 5, 174 with a magnitude of 4, 707 (magnitude 3), 1,904 (magnitude 2) and 3,928 (magnitude 1), the agency said on its website.

For the whole year, the agency said there were 9,723 earthquakes and aftershocks, seven times the number in 2010.

An agency official said that although the number of aftershocks has been decreasing, it will be many years before seismic activity returns to pre-March 11 levels.


On average I'm still feeling one or two a week. The area surrounding Fukushima (where the reactors are) are typically getting more than then area surrounding Tokyo though.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
03 January 2012 @ 10:30 pm
...Search continues at primary school destroyed by tsunami more than 9 months ago

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi--Parents are still searching for missing children more than nine months after a tsunami inundated an Ishinomaki City primary school following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March.

Seventy-four students at the city's Okawa Primary School--about 70 percent of the student body--were killed or went missing.
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Current Mood: sadsad
10 December 2011 @ 09:28 pm

Yes, first seen on arama here.

Can't hold back my tears.
I hope many get to see this.