Japan’s 8.9 Earthquake 2011

I have been watching the news since early morning about the earthquake in Japan. The damage is insane. I also know someone who lives in the Miyagi prefecture about 30-40 min away from Ishinomaki City. As everyone is aware, the phone lines are either down or overwhelmed so it’s difficult to contact anyone in Japan. I am also under the impression that power may be out in the area as well, so it would be difficult for my friend to reach out to his friends and family back home in America. All we can do is hope he’s all right and he didn’t leave his town that day to go closer to the coast.

I have another friend stationed down on the tip of Honshu that extends out to Kyushu. He hasn’t updated his facebook, blog or logged online so I hope he’s okay. I heard that his city received 6 foot wave tsunamis so hopefully he was able to evacuate if he was in a danger zone. Then again, he may not have power either in his area–so I hope whatever is going on that he is fine!

Japan has it’s hands quite full at the moment. Searching for missing persons from the tsunamis up in Miyagi prefecture, handling the nuclear plants continuation of overheating and leaking radiation, picking up the pieces in the areas that they can that were affected by the earthquake and attempting to get through the debris that the tsunami caused. The death toll rises by the hour and it doesn’t make anyone feel any better about the issue. My thoughts and wishes go out to the people effected by this horrible disaster and I hope that they are safe and someplace warm.

My grandmother called me early this morning asking if I had heard about the earthquake and tsunamis, and we talked a little about the issue. Where I will be living was not anywhere near where the epicenter was located or where the tsunamis hit. The coast in Kumamoto prefecture had a warning/advisory in effect, but the people from my school informed me that everything is fine there and that the day when on with business as usual for the city.

Am I shaken up from this horrible event to the point where I will change my plans? No. I am still going to Japan. I am still moving there–however, I have realized the importance of learning about earthquake and tsunami precaution and how having a plan when things go down is important. I will definitely be getting myself an earthquake precaution kit complete with hardhat in the event something happens down where I’ll be.

Job in Japan

This April I start my new life in a new country with a culture very different from my own. I may have been to Japan in the past, back in 2008, but I have never been to Kyushu. I have always only stayed on the main island of Honshu. There are a lot of interesting things about Kyushu and Kumamoto City that I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with. For example there is the largest active volcano in the world practically within my back yard (exaggeration… it isn’t THAT close), Mt. Aso. Kumamoto also served as the shooting place for the Last Samurai battle scene from the movie The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise. Kyushu also has a lot of hot springs one can visit, as well, and the beach is a site to behold.

This will be the place where I talk about my life experiences, show pictures and videos of daily life in Kyushu, Japan, and do my best to show Japan as real as I can show it. Food, culture (festivals), entertainment, public transportation, the sights and the sounds… If you’re interested in learning about Japanese culture and Japan, feel free to subscribe and stick around. I’m not one to usually write in Japanese, but I may talk about the language gaps I have noticed and words that are awkward to me.

これから、日本語をもっと勉強するつもりです。最近、私の日本語が悪くなりますけど、問題ないでしょう。日本に行く時、私の日本語の本を連れて持ってるつもりでしょうね。とにかく、ようこそ。どうぞよろしくお願いしますね。

P.S. Up until I leave for Japan my posts will talk about my daily life within my fleeting days of living in America. They may include information I have learned about relocating to Japan, the things I need to prepare for, etc., and they may include my time I spend with friends and fun times.

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Japan, I’m coming back.