3/11

It has been one year since the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.  At least 16,000 died in the tsunami.  It feels like a long time since the disaster, yet it also feels very fresh in my memory.  That day changed the lives of millions of people in Japan, hundreds of thousands displaced and homeless.  At 2:46 pm today, people all over Japan mourned the dead.  3/11 is a day I will never forget.  Too many people seem to have forgotten.  Not enough has been done for the victims and the homeless.  Too much emphasis has been put on the nuclear meltdown, pushing aside the actual victims, those who had died from the tsunami.

A year ago today, I experienced something only a small percentage of people in the world ever experience.  Those of you who have never experienced anything like this probably wouldn’t understand what it felt like.  Words fail me when I try to explain it.

For the victims of the tsunami, please do not forget.

A parade for the memory of 3/11.

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9 responses to “3/11

  1. Pingback: 3/11 « Foreign Dad in Japan

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  3. It’s hard to believe it has been a year already since the terrible disaster. Hopefully 2012 is a great year for Japan and tourist numbers will return for the cherry blossoms in spring.

  4. It’s not easy to write about that day. We usually don’t join such a parade but at that case, I may have joined the parade.

  5. chtisuisse

    We are not forgetting !
    We have been in Japan in July.
    We are going back next Year.

  6. Pingback: 3/11 – Five Years After the Earthquake and Tsunami | I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

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