I think everyone at work must be tired of me commenting on tragic events of the past week, but to be honest, the devastating blows Japan has suffered have broken my heart. Not only has this horrific tsunami + earthquake followed two other huge disasters (being worse-than-normal flooding and cyclones in Queensland, Australia, and a terrible earthquake in Christchurch, NZ – January and February of this year) but it also sits close to home for me.
My brother lived near Tokyo for 5 years and only just moved home a few weeks prior to this apocalyptic event. Further, his fiancee is still stuck in the middle of it all – a week on and there are still massive food, water and power shortages, thousands missing and even more homeless. We have been to the region three times – it is one of our very favourite places. To see these lovely, polite, hard-working people suffer like this does break my heart. To top it off, they have a nuclear disaster imminent as well. To think some people there have had to suffer through WW2, and now this. Some return home (or what used to be home for generations) to find their entire families gone – how unthinkable. To see a super prosperous nation just about wrecked to third world proportions is horrific. Images of Tokyo City as an un-lit ghost town really make the mythic notions if 2012 a near reality and are incomprehensible.
Amidst this sadness there are stories of hope – babies born and dogs surviving – taking care of each other even. Celebs and big business are doing their best to raise money, as are those on a tighter budget.
Still, I can only hope the disasters slow down soon. I was never a fan of films of this genre, and the real thing – consistent and cruel, is nothing short of depressing.
I realise nations have rebuilt time and time again, but to see this in my lifetime makes me wonder how, when the cut is so deep and vast.
I am sure we will go back to Japan. In the meantime, may these lovely polite people be able to recover and rebuild their futuristic yet richly cultural land. Love and thoughts with you now x