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feel safe in the building anymore, so we sprinted outside to see the world around us as we’d never seen it before.


The sea of skyscrapers Tokyo is famous for was swaying by tens of meters as the trees chattered their branches in reply. I remember the roiling of the earth and the buildings being at odds, and suddenly feeling like I was seasick. I found that I couldn’t stand up straight anymore. The air raid sirens, re-purposed from the war, blared with a wail and unintelligible Japanese, and helicopters tore through the air. I had the presence of mind to send a text message home to let my family know I was fine, which was fortunate, as my phone would become useless for the next six hours.

that cold, cold night. It was the spirit of cooperation in Japan, and truly a heartwarming sight.

This spirit continued into the international sphere in the days that followed as news of Fukushima was broadcast. Japanese friends recognized the need for information for foreigners like me who couldn’t understand everything, and organized themselves in Earthquakes with a grassroots movement A lot of things happened afterwards. a magnitude of 5.0 or to provide translations. Trains were cancelled Many of us felt more so can level poorlyfor the rest of the day, confident in making constructed houses so we walked the 14 informed decisions km to my dorm. We thanks to our friends and kill hundreds passed crowds of at who decided to help us. least 100 people pressing up against a tiny TV on a chair to try and get some Due to the level of international news about what was happening. cooperation I witnessed during this event, my passion for communication, We walked along major streets with new ideas, and helping second thousands of others like blood cells language learners grew. I recognized traveling through the body. What struck in my generation the drive for an me most was looking at the stores and international community keen to help apartments that opened their doors for those surrounding them, and I hope I people to rest and drink tea. Even busican encourage the students I’m teaching nesses handed out free hand warmers on right now to further this vision. n

nagazasshi | March/April 2015


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