Tagged with 2011

Six Years On – Remembering Tohoku

Six Years On – Remembering Tohoku

Can you believe it’s been six years? Six years since the 2011 Tohoku tsunami and earthquake and also six years since I was living in Japan. I visited Tohoku in 2014 and saw a some of the areas hit by the tsunami and the damage that was still evident there. Work is still being done … Continue reading

Tohoku: Five Years On

Tohoku: Five Years On

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in which 15,894 people lost their lives. 2,562 people remain missing. The damage was immense, but over these last five years the people of Tohoku have done an amazing job of keeping up the ‘ganbarou’ spirit and rebuilding. Even five years on there is … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Kiseki-no-Ippon-Matsu

Postcard from Japan: Kiseki-no-Ippon-Matsu

I’ve seen so much today. Whilst travelling down the Sanriku coast I’ve seen things my eyes could hardly believe. Huge spaces where there should have been towns. I also went to visit the ‘Kiseki-no-ippon-matsu’ or ‘Miracle Pine’ in Rikuzentakata. It was pretty moving, especially with the wrecked building that has been left beside it. This … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Tsunami

Postcard from Japan: Tsunami

One more post for tonight. It would be impossible to travel around Tohoku and not think about the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. However, until I reached the coast today I had seen no evidence of damage, and everything seemed to be business as usual. Kamaishi was badly hit by the tsunami, and this … Continue reading

One Year

One Year

March 11th has come around so quickly. At 2:46pm a year ago, Japan was shaken. An earthquake of magnitude 9.0, which is now referred to as the Great East Japan Earthquake, or the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, occurred approximately 70 kilometres east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku. The earthquake, which is the most powerful known … Continue reading

2011 in review – what a year it was!

2011 in review – what a year it was!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for Haikugirl’s Japan. (From: Kanzanji: A big Buddha, a beautiful lake, and a lot of walking!) Here are some excerpts from my annual report: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2011. If it were an … Continue reading

Looking Back at Post a Week 2011

Looking Back at Post a Week 2011

Back in January I accepted WordPress’s Post A Week challenge, although I was worried that I might not be able to keep it up. (There was a Post A Day challenge too, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to do that!) Now, WordPress has invited us challengers to reflect on our accomplishments with eleven … Continue reading

Happy Pocky Day!

It’s November 11th, 2011… It’s Pocky day! 😀 (Buy Pocky in the UK from Tofu Cute) Why is it Pocky day? Because 11.11.11 looks like a bunch of Pocky, that’s why! No, I didn’t make this up myself. 11th November is always Pocky Day, but this year is an extra special one because of the … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri 2011 in London

About a month ago, on Sunday 18th September, the Japan Matsuri was held in London. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to write about it, but life has been busy. It was a fantastic day, with almost too much to take in. I wished I could split myself into two people to be on … Continue reading

March 11th – six months on

“Now all we can do is look forward. We only have one life, after all.” Takashige Kowata, Fukushima evacuee. I know a lot of people are thinking about America today, what with it being ten years since 9/11. But for me (and for many people), it’s a different anniversary. Today marks six months since the … Continue reading