One year later…

11 Mar

Today is 2012 March 11.  One year since the Great Sendai Earthquake.

Of course, ceremonies to commemorate the tragedy and remember the victims will be held around Japan today.

I found a video on YouTube made in November 2011, eight months after the earthquake and tsunami.
It shows scenes during the tragedy that give you an idea of how frightening it must have been.
And the video also mentions Taylor Anderson, who was an American English teacher at an elementary school in the Miyagi area. She helped save a number of school children from the tsunami but she herself, unfortunately, died in the disaster.
Some of her former students can be seen talking about her.

The video also mentions the aid workers who came to Japan from around the world and it shows how grateful the people in the Tohoku area are to them.

It’s a very emotional and touching video. I recommend watching it.
Watch it and tell me your reaction / feeling in the comment section of this post.

Here’s the video:

30 Responses to “One year later…”

  1. blissflower1969 April 25, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    We were in Tokyo for the earthquake. We were in a subway between Yotsuya-sanchome and Yotsuya stations when it hit. As midwesterners, we didn’t have any frame of reference for what was going on, and it wasn’t until we made it back to our hotel that we knew the full magnitude of what had happened. Even then, we didn’t get a complete picture. It wasn’t until we return to the US that we found out how dangerous it was and how much destruction had occurred.

    Despite everything, we still want to come back. My daughter is bound and determined to do an exchange program during high school and wants to live there eventually. We’ll probably be swinging by your blog quite a bit from now on for more info and updates.


    • tokyo5 April 27, 2012 at 12:32 am #

      You were in Japan during the 2011 Sendai Earthquake? It was frightening, wasn’t it?

      Your daughter wants to live in Japan? Of course I agree that Tokyo is the greatest place to live…but—what are your feelings about it?


      • blissflower1969 April 27, 2012 at 1:37 am #

        I was tentative before we visited (she’s been obsessed with Japan since she was in first grade- no idea why) but after having been there I’m fully supportive. I think she would fit well in Tokyo, but I’m hoping if she does an exchange program she can get a feel for suburban and rural life as well.

        And there were parts that were frightening, but truthfully I didn’t realize how bad it was until we returned home. Then I understood why all our friends and family were freaking out and why they wanted us to come home immediately rather than wait for our scheduled return date. I still wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. But we would like to come back and visit places and do things we weren’t able to last time because of things being closed or trains not running.


      • tokyo5 April 27, 2012 at 1:46 am #

        Well, I hope your daughter is able to do the student exchange. It would be quite an experience, I’m sure. Japanese schools are different from American one in almost every possible way.


  2. RH March 14, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    This video is very touching. The story of the English teacher was very sad too.
    i hope they can rebuild and get their lives back as close to normal as possible.RH


    • tokyo5 March 15, 2012 at 12:49 am #

      > i hope they can rebuild and get their lives back as close to normal as possible.

      So do I.

      Actually there was a fairly big earthquake that hit the Tokyo area yesterday evening! It was scary…especially so close to March 11th!


  3. musings March 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    This is the 2nd time I’ve seen this and it still brings tears to my eyes. My aunt says she’ll be taking us to see the progress that’s been made in the devastated areas of Sendai.


    • tokyo5 March 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Have you seen this video on YouTube before?

      I guess it will be emotional to see Sendai “in person”, too.


  4. Jonathan Barber March 12, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    After living in Japan for 13 years and being there for this earthquake, and actually helping clean up in the city of Hachinohe. This video means so much to me. I love Japan, its my home. I am now living in the states and I miss it very very much… Thankyou to everyone that helped it means so much to me helping my home.


    • tokyo5 March 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Did you live in Japan for thirteen years? What part of Japan? What years were you here?

      That’s great that you volunteered to help after the disaster!


      • Jonathan Barber August 11, 2012 at 6:32 am #

        I did live in Japan for 13 years. I lived in Misawa Japan on the military base. I was there from 91-00 then 07-11


      • tokyo5 August 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

        Were you in the U.S. military stationed in Japan?

        Thirteen years is a long time … aren’t the U.S. military stationed overseas for a much shorter period?

        Did you help with the recovery of Tohoku?


      • Jonathan Barber March 2, 2013 at 4:23 am #

        I am laaaate with my response hahaha. Yeah my father was stationed in Misawa, we just got lucky being there that long. I did help the port city of Hachinohe 🙂


      • tokyo5 March 2, 2013 at 11:35 am #

        What age were you while you were here.


      • Jonathan Barber April 18, 2013 at 3:30 am #

        I lived there from 2-11 and then from 17-21


      • tokyo5 April 18, 2013 at 10:22 am #

        So…you’re twenty-three years old now?
        I guess you were born around the time that I came to Japan! ;0


      • Jonathan Barber May 19, 2013 at 11:49 am #

        Yep! 23! And Im back now for study abroad 😀


      • tokyo5 May 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

        Really? What part of Japan are you in now?
        How long will you stay?


      • Jonathan Barber June 8, 2013 at 10:24 am #

        I was only there for 23 days. I went to Osaka


      • tokyo5 June 8, 2013 at 11:48 am #

        Only twenty-three days?
        Is that a study abroad program? Seems too short.


  5. cocomino March 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    This video is really heart touching. Thank you.


    • tokyo5 March 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

      >This video is really heart touching.

      I think so, too. Thanks for commenting…please comment on my blog often!


  6. bartman905 March 11, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    I agree that this video is very emotional and touching. Thanks for sharing.


    • tokyo5 March 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      And thanks for still visiting and commenting on my blog so often for the past few years! I appreciate it!


  7. Jon March 11, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Very nice video but makes me sad still. That day is still so vivid. It was late at night here in Los Angeles when my wife started freaking out saying there was terrible earthquake in Japan. Her family lives in Northern Tochigi only about 110km from Fukushima Daiichi. She could not get in touch with her family but finally was able to and was relieved to find out her family was unhurt.


    • tokyo5 March 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Your wife is from the Tohoku area?
      I’m glad that her family is OK.


  8. Anonymous March 11, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    I’ll sum my feelings up by stating: Long Live Japan and the spirit & perseverance of it’s great people.


    • tokyo5 March 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks for the nice comment.
      Hopefully the Tohoku area can be restored soon.


  9. gigihawaii March 11, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Here in Hawaii, we are all dreading the influx of debris, caused by the tsunami in Japan. It’s been in the news a lot, lately.


    • tokyo5 March 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      Hopefully if some property of Japanese people washes ashore in another country it will someone be returned to them.


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