Today, the earth moved and there was major damage in some parts of Japan. Thankfully I'm in Osaka, a few hours south of Tokyo, so I'm safe, and I feel so lucky.
It was so strong that I felt it all the way here. I was teaching in Kobe, and three of us were sitting in the teacher's room, doing crafts and chatting. I suddenly felt very nauseous and dizzy, but didn't say anything until my friend Anne brought it up and we all agreed that something really weird was happening- the walls and earth were literally shifting and moving. It was our first earthquake, so we had no idea.
It was more scary than anything. I feel so sad and concerned for all my friends and the people up in Tokyo and the northern prefectures that got severely hit. Thankfully my friends are okay. You never can imagine the amplitude of that kind of natural disaster until it hits so close to home.
Thank you for all your kinds words and concern, it felt so comforting to hear from friends and family from home. Somehow this whole week has been a bit of a disaster on personal levels, but those kinds of events really put things in perspective.
All my thoughts to the people who live in this country that has become my home.