As some of you are aware, March 11, 2014 marks the third-year anniversary of the now infamous Japanese earthquake, an 8.9 magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami, a volcanic eruption, and a nuclear meltdown. According to Global Research, Centre for Research on Globalization, “On April 12, 2011 the Japanese government officially announced that the severity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster had reached level 7, the highest on the International Nuclear Event Scale. Before Fukushima, the only level 7 case was the 1986 Chernobyl disaster…”
People know Japan for their famed tea ceremonies, matcha tea, and amazing atmosphere. During the 2010-2011 school year, my good friend since fifth grade, Sara, decided to go study at Soka University, immersing herself fully into the Japanese culture and gaining some amazing friends in the process. Sara’s mother and I decided to go on a visit to see Sara in March. About ten minutes after Sara’s mother and my plane landed in Narita Airport, the earthquake hit and we went on a wild ride consisting of sleeping in airports, feeling tremors throughout the night, meeting amazing angels who took us in at a moment’s notice, and thanking God the moment we touched down on American soil five days later.
I could go into more detail regarding our experiences, but that might be a post for another day.
I will, however, say that the people we met there were so magnanimous, beyond compare to anyone I have ever met before. Masana, who stayed with Sara’s mother and me while we struggled to get a hold of Sara via cell phone during the midst of the earthquake. Not only that, she, along with foreign exchange student Peter, bought us food, drink, and kept us safe and calm during all the events while we were at the airport without any funds to support ourselves. Hairoko, who housed us during the rolling black-outs that plagued the towns we were visiting. Momoko, who welcomed us into the Soka University dorm room where Sara’s mother arranged our flight information. Momoko and her friends also fed us and kept us calm during the disaster.
I still thank them for all of their help to this day, and still look at them as angels for all that they did for complete strangers.
Now, three years later, the Japanese government is still dealing with radiation levels. They now also have to deal with radiation-contaminated water. People are still missing after all of this time. The people still need help.
To help the people of Japan, please consider donating to the Red Cross. The funds aid in long-term recovery projects and general assistance to those in need.
Don’t forget these people. They still need our help.