Father gave his life for his daughter

6 Mar

Unlike down here in Tokyo, where the weather has been very mild recently…there was a snow blizzard in northern Japan a couple of days ago.

I watched a heartbreaking story related to the storm on the television news here in Japan yesterday.

I edited an article from The Telegraph about it:

Father freezes to death protecting daughter from blizzard in Japan

A nine-year-old girl has been found weeping in her father’s arms after he froze to death sheltering her from a blizzard in northern Japan, it has emerged.

(Policemen try to dig out a vehicle in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido (photo: AP))

 Mr. Mikio Okada died as he tried to protect his only child, Natsune, against winds of up to 109 kilometers (68 miles) per hour, as temperatures plunged to -6°C (21°F).

Mr. Okada’s body was uncovered by rescuers looking for the pair after relatives raised the alarm. Natsune was wearing her father’s jacket and was wrapped in his arms, newspapers and broadcasters said.

The pair had last been heard from at 4PM on Saturday, after Mr. Okada, a fisherman, picked his daughter up from a school where she was being looked after while he was at work.

Mr. Okada called his relatives to say his truck had become stranded in the driving snow, which was several meters deep in places. He told them he and Natsune would walk the remaining kilometer.

The two were found just 300 meters from the truck at 7 am on Sunday.

Mr. Okada was hunched over his daughter, cradling her in his arms and apparently using his body and a warehouse wall to provide shelter.

He had taken his jacket off to give to his child.

Rescuers said she was weeping weakly in his arms.

The young girl was taken to hospital where she was found to have no serious injuries. Her father was officially pronounced dead by doctors at the same institution near their home at Yubetsu in Hokkaido.

Natsune’s mother had died two years ago from an unspecified illness.

Neighbors said that Mr. Okada had been a doting father who would often delay the start of his working day to enjoy breakfast with his daughter.

His death came as families all over Japan celebrated Girls’ Day.

He reserved a cake for his only daughter and was looking forward to celebrating Girls Day together,” a neighbor told the “Yomiuri-Shinbun” newspaper.

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10 Responses to “Father gave his life for his daughter”

  1. Troo March 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    That’s a terrible thing :(

    • tokyo5 March 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

      Yes, it is.

      Thankfully, the child survived, at least.

  2. Musings March 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    My mother heard this in the news and told us about it briefly. Good gosh! It’s so tragic. However reading your post and learning the details really made me cry.

    • tokyo5 March 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Yes, it’s very sad.

  3. Glazier-chan! March 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Aw..that story is so sad. It almost brough me to tears. What a great father!

    • tokyo5 March 8, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      Yes. Of course a parent would give their own life for their child.
      I understand that feeling!

  4. girlyme464 March 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    so terrible… but here in philippines there is no winter.

    • tokyo5 March 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      I think the Tokyo is perfect.
      Four distinct seasons; each about three months long … and none too extreme.

      • girlyme464 March 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

        yes i wish i went to japan even once i am so jealous of your country…

      • tokyo5 March 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

        You should visit if you get a chance.

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