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12 March 2011 @ 12:03 am
Inori dake de naku... (Not only a prayer)  
It's such a small thing, but I just want to say how much my hopes and prayers are with the Japanese and their loved ones this evening. I've never been further north than Narita, but Japan is a beautiful country, and I've never felt anything but perfectly welcome there. It's horrible to look at the pictures of Sendai and Fukushima, just from a human standpoint. I can't imagine what it's like when you have to consider family, the people and places you've known...

One of my friends is married to an American international pilot-- her husband is currently stranded in Narita. He reports that they're letting planes land, but have still delayed all outgoing flights for safety. There are apparently thousands of homes in Tokyo without power, and then there's the Fukushima nuclear plant... It's times like these that the world seems full of vast gulfs, no matter how small technology makes it seem.

I remember the summer I spent in Saitama, near Kawagoe. We got the rain backlash from the taifu that hit Tokyo-- a bad one, but nothing as off the hook as this. After school let out, I carried Wakami-chan down the hill on my hip, because the streets were flooded up to my calves. It's scary to think how far reaching nature can be, even to places that escape the epicenter of the event. I hope you'll think about/ pray for Japan if you can-- my nebulous prayers are out there, especially for my host-mother Yoko-san, and for little Wakami and her brother and sister. My faith isn't very well defined, but it's there.

To quote father Mulcahy, I'm kind of a crazy agnostic. ^^;;
-Meredith
 
 
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kittenmommykittenmommy on March 12th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)

Just want to get the info out there to anyone who might be reading:

AT&T has made the Japanese channel "Ametalk" (JPN) available for free until March 17th due to the disaster there.

It's channel 3680 for U-verse customers. If you get an error message saying that you aren't subscribed to that channel, call tech support and have them reboot your system.

And yeah, I've been praying a lot tonight. :(
Meredith Bronwen Mallorygarnettrees on March 14th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
AT&T has made the Japanese channel "Ametalk" (JPN) available for free until March 17th due to the disaster there.
That's good news. Thank you so much for sharing it. I can't imagine what it's like not knowing about your loved ones... my heart goes out to everyone who has to endure the seemingly endless ripple effect of the disaster.

And now the nuclear reactors in Onagawa, and the entire village of Minamisanriku. It's easy to accept the thought of natural disasters as an abstract concept, but when you really have a specific example it shakes your faith.

*still prays*
-Meredith
kittenmommykittenmommy on March 14th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)

I know. It's so crazy.
Debbyenogitna on March 12th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
It hurts to see this happen to Japan. I was trying to explain to my sister (she understands because she lived there, too) things like this are always horrible and tragic and pull at your heart, but when it's a place you have a connection to, it's all the worse (to you personally). Thinking of all those people - even if they aren't people I personally knew there - they are still the people I shared a country with and I feel so much for them.
Meredith Bronwen Mallorygarnettrees on March 14th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
when it's a place you have a connection to, it's all the worse (to you personally)
Exactly! I can picture places in Tokyo-- Shinjuku, Ikebukuro-- and that makes it so real. In fact, when they mentioned Sendai, all I could think about was the time I got lost on the Narita train line and figured out I was headed in the wrong direction because Sendai was on the route map. ^^; It makes it so much harder to take when you see the images of destruction, because it feels so much closer than an ocean away.

I can't believe the state of some of the villages they've been showing on the news. I feel awful for all the people forced to look at that when their homes used to be in the same spot.

*hugs tightly*
-Meredith
badly_knitted: My Captainbadly_knitted on March 12th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
While I don't know anyone in Japan personally, my heart goes out to everyone who lives there or has family and friends there. As bad as the earthquake was, it's the horror of the tsunami that has done most of the damage, nature as its most devastating and destructive, so completely unstoppable. I can't imagine what it must have been like for those in its path and my prayers are with everyone affected.

There have been so many devastating natural disasters already this year, I keep wondering if it will ever stop so that the people of earth can rebuild and mourn their losses.
Meredith Bronwen Mallorygarnettrees on March 14th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
As bad as the earthquake was, it's the horror of the tsunami that has done most of the damage
You're absolutely right. One can build reinforced skyscrapers, structures with foundations made to absorb the shock of an earthquake. One can have drills and plans and proceedures for an earthquake. There's nothing you can do about a tsunami, a wall of water, even if you have warning. They're saying on the news that many of the victims were elderly, because they couldn't flee as easily. That just breaks my heart-- I can't imagine the terror.

There have been so many devastating natural disasters already this year
Tell me about it! And so many along those Pacific/Nazca tectonic plate. Chile, New Zealand, now Japan... You're right, people need time to pick up and mourn.
-Meredith