The situation in Japan is so unreal, and somehow this nightmare just won't end. I still feel so lucky and safe in Osaka, but my heart goes to Sendai, and everyone who has family and friends up north. My thoughts go to my friends in Tokyo and north of Tokyo, who still feel shakes every twenty minutes and cannot get any sleep. To my friend who had to spend the last few days in a shelter because his apartment was damaged, and another who was alone when it all took place near her city. And to those who suffered from loss. This kind of incident can make you feel so isolated and helpless, yet so close.
Japanese people remain so strong and calm during this chaos. They believe in the ganbare がんばれ attitude: "Let's hang in there", or "Try our best". Life went on as usual this weekend- at least in appearance. There is no sense of panic here, even though I know it's heavily on each person's mind.
I have never been so close (yet so far) to this kind of natural disaster before in my life, and it's very unsettling. I hope it ends soon, and I pray it does not get worse. I'm ever so thankful to be where I am now, and thank you for all your kind words and thoughts.
For now, helping out is the only thing to do. Most convenience stores have donation boxes, and my school started gathering other donations such a clothing items. We're also encouraged to not use unnecessary electricity, as there are blackouts everywhere north of Tokyo.
がんばれ, Japan. xo