Hello friends,

March 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Like many of you, I’ve been glued to the TV trying to keep up with everything going on in Northern Japan. I lived in Sendai, a city of one million, for a few years and have friends who were there when the 9.0 earthquake hit the region. Being in the city, they luckily did not experience the tsunami aftermath which tore through rural northern towns. Structural damage was minimal in the city and, except for a few cuts, bruises and shaken nerves, my friends are unharmed, knock on wood.

Though as if an earthquake wasn’t enough, my friends are now challenged with a shortage of food, water and basic necessities. This is on top of frequent power outages and a shortage of gas to operate both car and portable heater. Winters are cold in Sendai. Even with a heater in my room, I’d have to do jumping jacks to stay warm.

My friends are engaging in their own improvisations. One person has turned to Facebook to let others know which markets are open for business. Others are using the site to inquire about friends still unaccounted for. If it weren’t for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, my Sendai friends would be left in the dark.

Thanks to the internet, we are all connected by a mere few degrees. Imagine the degree of change we could affect if we actually tried.

Thanks for staying tuned.

Himawari

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