Japan Earthquake Essays

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I'd love to see someone do a proper oral history of the earthquake/ tsunami/ nuclear situation as I think the stories are there.

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While it is quite easy for a Londoner to talk about the media overhyping the situation, it was another thing to have the french, the germans and the brits all tell their people to leave.

It was another thing to get hit by aftershocks constantly (we had ~100 earthquakes the size of the VA earthquake or, in many cases, much larger in the first 5 days) and to have to tell your kids to pretend they're sleeping on a boat because your apartment building never stops swaying.

Reading this book, many of the accounts were from a fairly good distance from the quake and the nuclear plants.

I understand how it was nice to have little reaction vignettes from abroad and from southern Japan, but there were too many of them, especially given the lack of voices from areas more strongly affected by the quake.

And it was another thing to live in a town where you couldn't find gas, batteries, candles, flashlights, bread, milk, rice, bottled water, diapers, toilet paper, and couldn't be sure when they'd show up.

In the end, the stories were hit or miss, with just too many misses.

While this book is impressive in how quickly it was turned out, I think that same speed meant that they didn't have enough options in terms of the stories told, which is where this book suffers.while certainly a moving account of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, I have to say that as someone who was living in Miyagi when the quake hit (thankfully I live near the mountains in the West of the prefecture, so my town wasn't affected by the tsunami), I was somewhat disappointed to find that the lion's share of the vignettes here were written by people far away from the epicenter: Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and even further afield.

There were so many stories of people who were simply inconveniencedwhile certainly a moving account of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, I have to say that as someone who was living in Miyagi when the quake hit (thankfully I live near the mountains in the West of the prefecture, so my town wasn't affected by the tsunami), I was somewhat disappointed to find that the lion's share of the vignettes here were written by people far away from the epicenter: Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and even further afield.

The weekly changing installation of ikebana that graces the start of this exhibition has been generously provided by Satsuki Palter from the Ohara Ikebana Society, Los Angeles chapter, in honor of the people of Tohoku.

In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

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