3 years after
i'm still alive and I'll tell you a short personal story as we experience this day!
3 years after.An insight into a day that changed us.It seems as if it was only a few weeks ago that Japan was shaken.Sometimes it's hard to believe that it's already 3 years ago.The time stands still.Many would acknowledge it when they see some areas that were destroyed.
Well, every year we mourn, I, my husband, work colleagues and closest friends with their families.On 9 March is a great reunion and start with the preparations for the anniversary.We cook, make flower arrangements, cleaning and decorating the family altar and visit the graves.On 11 March, we get up early in the morning and start the day in calm and with peace.
Me and my husband get Miyu-san (mother of my best friend) and drive to the monument on the seashore in Arahama district in Sendai, Miyagi.There we meet up with everyone else.
Every year when we get there, it tears our heart.It's so quiet, you can hear the roar of the sea and the mourn, cry of the people.Before we pray we look long to the sea and think of what we miss.When I look at the water, I'm angry and sad at the same time!
Then I always close my eyes and listen to the voices of those who have left us.Me and my husband knew many people who have died in this tsunami,through the work, private. Even 3 children that I knew since the birth.Sometimes I hear them laugh.When I feel the wind, I know that all are always with me.
We put the flowers and paper lanterns into the water and say "Okaerinasai", Welcome Home
After a moment of silence at 2:46 pm we pray.
It 's hard to breathe when you think back about all the terrible things and the other people see and hear how they cry.
I've lost my best friend here, it's hard but we know that they are with us.
Nevertheless, it's very sad to see that many things are forgotten in terms of the reconstruction.Thousand live still in emergency shelter or temporary huts that you can't call aa home.
It has not changed, there are still donate and help needed to give back a normal life. It's good to know that I and many others continue to donate and help where we can. Stone to stone!
Since this experience, we take more time for us and for our friends and family. We keep nothing for granted. We really changed and are happy to help even more as before.