This weekend I could not keep my mind off of the earthquake and tsunami news from my home country, Japan. The images I have watched over and over replayed in my mind.
On March 11, Friday, my husband called me early in the afternoon when I was in my car after having finished errands. He first stated that Tokyo seemed to be okay (in order to make sure that I won’t get panicky since my family lives in Tokyo) and continued to tell me that Greater Tokyo Area got struck by a large-scale earthquake. After I got home, I looked up the news and called my parents, but of course, the phone lines were over capacity and I couldn’t get a hold of my family. I went to my facebook page and looked for the updates of those friends who live in Tokyo to see what they said. A couple of hours later, I received an email message from one of my sisters letting me know that all of my family members were safe and sound.
People all over the world tuned into the news and watched Tsunami swallow some cities in Japan as they were happening. Then messages to inquire the state of my family and friends started streaming into my email, facebook and twitter accounts. I also received many heartfelt comments on my blog. Every single one of them meant so much to me. I was blown away by some messages I received through twitter. Those are the friends I have only known on internet. I know them because of blogging. For them to remember that I am from Japan, think of me and spend time to drop me a line just blew my mind. Thanks again for the thoughtful messages to me as well as to the people in Japan. I would like to think that humanity gives people hope and hope gives people strength. I believe that those who were touched by the earthquake in Japan need hope more than anything right now.
We’ve been hearing about “globalization” in the last couple of decades, but I seldom feel it even though I have traveled to many places and been immersed in very diverse environments. To me this earthquake in Japan was one of the experiences where I felt being in touch with globalization. The news traveled all across the globe in an instance and many countries reacted to it by extending help. My heart is aching for the people who lost their families, homes and businesses in Japan. At the same time, it is heart warming to know that so many people in the world are praying for Japan to pull through this difficult time.
I feel like a year just turned to 2011, but we have already seen many natural disasters this year such as flooding in Queensland, Australia, an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and in Japan. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by the natural disasters. Right now I cannot even begin to imagine what those people whose life was turned upside down by the earthquakes and tsunami are going through.
At this moment I cannot help but pray for the Japanese people who were affected by the earthquake in any degree to find peace in their heart soon and sustain strength to survive the current situation.
P.S. Monday is usually the day I post Monday Mode photos, but I felt strongly about writing about Japan and thought that Monday Mode can wait till next week.