Sunlight, Solace and Sorrow

Today is March 11th, 2014.  It is exactly thirty-six months since the Great East Japan Earthquake took place. It is estimated that 20,000 human beings perished as a result of the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.  Each of these 20,000 people was someone’s mother, friend, daughter, son, father, colleague, teacher, doctor, lover, grandfather, aunt, uncle, neighbor, brother, sister, grandmother, niece, nephew… Today, entire communities continue to live in mourning.  Although …

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Cara, Day 1094  キャラ1094の日

Cara runs a creative English language school out of her home in Tokyo that she shares with Kosuke.  Although often inundated with students and classes, Cara still finds time to write and has co-authored two English language learning books while continuing to paint, play the violin and the piano.  If Cara ever invites you over for Thanksgiving or for any kind of celebration, say yes and rush over!  This girl …

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Kosuke on the Silent Street

  Born and bred just outside of Osaka, Kosuke Hasegawa, attended university in upstate New York then somehow ended up earning his tips and wages in the big, busy resorts of Las Vegas, USA.  Little did he know that his master’s degree in telecommunications from Denver would lead him one day back to Japan to smash walls, shift mud and fetch bags of rice north east of Tokyo.   Here, Koss, …

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Laureline, Day 1091

  Today, on March 7th, 2014, 1091 days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Laureline Gatellier, a violinist and scientist originally from Bastogne, Belgium, talks about the snowball effect of volunteering work after a national catastrophe, and having the courage to take action when things around you fall apart. Trang:  Where were you on Friday March 11th, 2011 at 14:46pm when the earthquake hit and the tsunami struck? Laureline:  I …

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Joji and the Midnight Call

I find it intriguing how a Canadian with a Japanese name who was born in West Lafayette, USA, is now working as a derivatives trader at a foreign investment bank in Tokyo.  Perhaps, that’s another story.  Here, Joji, Chairman of the non-profit organization (NPO) Nadia, tells us about his afternoon on March 11th, 2011, and explains why annoying phone calls in the middle of the night can sometimes be a …

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