I didn't think I would write a journal here but it seems I made some people scared because I didn't answer in some places. I'm sorry.
Well, everybody knows about the earthquake in Japan, right? So yeah, I'm safe. No worries. I feel even bad because the quake was pretty strong in Tokyo but not that bad when you see Sendai and in the North.
Then, I also was very lucky to be at home when it happened and not in Shinjuku as I wanted to go there the same day. At first, I was thinking "oh, it's ok, not that terrible." and then it went stronger and longer and I got scared so I hide under my table waiting for it to end. After the quake, we had to go to my university (I live just at five minutes from there.) and waited for two hours, outside, in pyjama while bearing the aftershocks. We were pretty tired when we were allowed to come back home. Since then, Japanese TV is only about the earthquake and tsunami of course. And I watched it until one in the morning because I couldn't sleep. Too many aftershocks. It wasn't that strong but enough to feel nauseous. Now, gas isn't working at my place, and there is rumour of an electricity cut or another earthquake. I just hope it's only rumour. My Japanese friends asked me to stay at home though.I'm going to listen to them for once.
Some of my friends couldn't get back home, so I know someone who slept in a cinema hall, someone else in a temple thanks to all this amazing people who tried to help each others. Some walk for two, three, more hours just to come back home but finally all of my friends are safe so I'm relieved. I'm really proud of Japanese people who, even if they were panicked and scared, tried to stay calm and composed.
I'm just very sad for Fukushima, Sendai and all this place nearby.I went there one month ago in a trip and I saw how Sendai was a nice city, how their people were so nice to me so it makes me just really sad to watch the TV showing the injuries and damages there. How unfair. I don't know anyone there, I just met some people in Sendai, Hibaraki, Matsushima who were awesome to me and my friends (being friendly, giving us presents, helping us finding our way.) so even if I don't know them, I'm going to hope for everyone of them to be safe. I'm almost annoyed by this fact actually. When I went to Matsushima (in the north of Sendai), the guide staffs came to talk to us because we were tall foreigners (I'm not that tall but well, my friends are...) being able to speak Japanese and they were super welcoming, helping us to find the best thing to do, or showing us the way of the things we wanted to see. I don't know why, but right now, I just can't help worrying him for them. They were living in the bay, you know.
At first, I just wanted to say I'm safe but finally, I wrote more than I thought so anyway. Maybe you're not interested but some great people are making commissions for helping Japan going through this. I think it can be a nice opportunities if you want something from them because they are great people with great skills so it's not like your money will be useless. [link] [link][link]
- If people want to donate.
Actually, I'm not that asking for people to give money and all. Because I know that we can't be giving everything we have all the time something bad happens. And I really don't like asking for money (even if it's not for me.), I can't help thinking there is something wrong. that's why I think commissions like Fresh4U and Babel-fell are doing is a nice opportunity if someone is willing to pay something. I'm just making advertisement, ok?
Then I wanted to put the link of "Japan - earthquake - how to help"...I'm not sure it's needed because I'm sure that if someone wants to help, with all the media talking about it, all the Japanese celebrities spamming on twitter right now, it's not difficult to find to who and how donating.
Well, I almost feel bad for writing this journal. I don't know why. But at the same time, I consider Japan as my second home now so maybe it's the least I can do.
EDIT: It seems we're asked to stay at home because of an explosion in Fukushima concerning a nuclear plant. If I'm correct, they don't think it's aiming towards Tokyo but toward the Pacific.