It’s been a year since the triple disaster in Japan. I still remember when it happened: I wasn’t in Japan at the time (and unfortunately haven’t been there since), but I was in class and after that at work. At work (I work at an East Asian Library) the TV was on the Japanese news and we kept the live stream on constantly. We received numbers of phonecalls and press came in looking for people with knowledge of these type of disasters. At the same time, friends in Japan who couldn’t contact eachother but could use e-mail tried to keep in touch with eachother through me and other friends abroad, and on top of that I had to make sure my host family in Akita-ken was fine.
None of my friends were harmed, thankfully, but watching the disaster unfold was terrible. A disaster of unimaginable scale. Now, a year later, Japan is still working hard to recover but has already achieved a lot. The lives lost cannot be recovered however and that’s incredibly upsetting…
I want to wish Japan good luck in the rest of their recovery ♥
Here are some books that were written about the earthquake, to raise money for the reconstruction of Japan:
“Tomo (meaning “friend” in Japanese) is an anthology of young adult short fiction in prose, verse and graphic art set in or related to Japan. This collection for readers age 12 and up features thirty-six stories—including ten in translation and two graphic narratives—contributed by authors and artists from around the world, all of whom share a connection to Japan. English-language readers will be able to connect with Japan through a wide variety of unique stories, including tales of friendship, mystery, fantasy, science fiction and history.”
A website has also been created for this project here. Proceeds from the sales of Tomo will go to organizations that assist teens in the quake and tsunami hit areas.
“The writers in this collection seek to explore the impact of this catastrophe through a variety of different means. The pieces – fiction and non-fiction, poetry and manga – reconceive the events of that day, imagine a future and a past, interpret dreams, impel purpose, pray for hope. Specific in reference, universal in scope, these singular, heartfelt contributions – by Yoko Ogawa, Ryu Murakami, Yoko Tawada, Kazumi Saeki and David Peace, among others – comprise an artistic record of a disaster which raises questions for all of us who live in the modern world.
Royalties from the sale of this book will go to charities working towards the reconstruction of north-eastern Japan.”
“In just four weeks, the 2:46 Quakebook project has turned an idea first voiced in a single tweet, into a rich collection of essays, artwork and photographs submitted by indivdiuals around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it.
2:46 — Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and work created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein.”
Website for this project here. 100% of donations for 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake goes directly to the Japanese Red Cross.