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100 (Earthquake | 大地震)

March 11, 2011

Update (March 13th):
One of Yuval’s friends sent him the USTREAM link that streams NHK news live:
ユバルの友人がNHKのニュースが生でみれるUSTREAMのリンクを送ってくれました:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-gtv

If any of you Japanese speakers living abroad want to see.
特に海外に住んでいる日本人の方および日本語をしゃべる方は気になっていると思うので。

I’ve pretty much been glued to the screen ever since.
私は家にいる時はほぼつけっぱなしです。

A day like today is when I both wish I had a TV and at the same time am selfishly relieved that I don’t.

When tsunami warnings flashed the top of my computer screen as I was logging on to my Yahoo Japan email account this morning, I didn’t really understand the scale of the earthquakes. It hasn’t been unusual for tsunami or earthquake warnings to show up like this, as the alarm system covers even the smallest of earthquakes, which is fairly common in Japan.

But as I kept on checking the news, headlines started to say that this was the largest earthquake in Japan’s history. The footage from the coastal towns in northern Japan are truly horrific.

I was able to get in touch with my brother on the phone, who said he actually hadn’t been able to see any television yet. He said he was still out for a work meeting but will be able to reach home by car and other means, although trains still haven’t started working. He spoke to my mom earlier who was okay.

It was strange to have seen disaster footage all the way over here in Israel before those in Japan.

The few friends from Tokyo Yuval and I have been able to get in touch with all said this has been the largest earthquake they’ve ever experienced.

For those of you that are reading from Japan, I hope you are safe and okay!!
During times like this you feel extra far away.
Many friends of Yuval’s here in Israel have been calling him throughout the day to see how I am doing and how my family and friends are. We are all worried about you from over here!

(There will be no “Food Friday” post this week.)

今日みたいな日は、テレビがあったらよかったな、と思うと同時に、
なくてよかったとも感じてしまいます。

今朝日本のヤフーメールにログインをしたら、「津波警報」が大きくスクリーンの上側に点滅。
でもこの時は結構頻繁にある「津波警報」や「地震情報」だと思い、いつも道りにメールをチェックしました。

時間が経つにつれ、ニュースをチェックすると「日本史上最大の地震」などの見出しが。
仙台の映像には本当にびっくりだしショックを受けました。

兄とは電話で連絡が取れ、彼はまだテレビもみてないとのこと。「あ、イスラエルでもニュース流れてるんだ」とちょっとびっくりした様子。まだ用事で外にいるけれど車や他の手段を使って家には問題なく帰れるので大丈夫とのこと。(電車は当時まだ不通。)夕方お母さんと話して、無事だったとのこと。

遠く離れたイスラエルにいる私が、日本にいる兄より早く被害映像をみていることは不思議な気がしました。

東京にいる連絡が取れた友人は全員「今までに経験した地震で一番大きかった」と言っていました。

日本で読んでくれている皆様、くれぐれも無事でいることを願っています!
こういう時はなぜか日本がいつもより遠く感じてしまうのです。
今日ユバルのイスラエル人の友人や家族何人もから、「カオリは大丈夫?家族や友人は無事?」と心配の電話をもらいました。
こっちからみんなで心配してます!

(今週の「Food Friday(フード・フライデー」はお休みです。)

Much love,
Kaori

4 Comments leave one →
  1. shauna permalink
    March 12, 2011 9:07 pm

    Hi Kaori,
    It was good to read your post and know you have been in touch with your family. I can only imagine how you feel so far away. At least you are in Israel and safe!

    We are thinking of you and your family.

    Love,
    Shauna
    xoxo

    • March 13, 2011 8:19 am

      Shauna!
      I am so touched to hear from you.
      Thank you for thinking of us.
      I’m sure you know how it feels to be so far away.

      I hope all is well with you and your family!

      Love,
      Kaori

      • Sammi Moe permalink
        March 13, 2011 6:57 pm

        Hello My Dear! I am glad to know that your family is OK. I know you are very worried, and I have thought about all of you too! Please know that we are thinking all the best thoughts and hope everyone stays safe and sound! I will keep checking in on the blog. Keep us posted as to how your family and friends are doing. All good thoughts and prayers going out there for all of you!
        With Love, Sammi and family

      • March 14, 2011 11:43 am

        Thank you so much Sammi!
        I really appreciate your well wishes.

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