Thursday, March 24, 2011

The flower of pleasure

sudden earthquake
destroy the joy of spring
pray for victims

same as affected people
hope for the flowers of pleasure
beyond the deep sorrow

(Photo by myself at the Jindai Botanical Gardens on January 3, 2008.)

Thank you for caring about us.

As most people know, the unbelievable massive earthquake and tsunami suddenly hit the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. At the same time, we also felt the shock of the earthquake measured at an intensity 5 on the Japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7 in Tokyo. And furthermore , we witnessed this brutal natural power cause even more severe catastrophe through its impact on nuclear reactors of Fukushima nuclear power plants.

Officials said that over 9,000 people have been confirmed dead and 14,000 are missing as of March 23. Many members of Self-Defense Forces, firefighters, policemen and other voluntary workers are intently engaged in relief and restoration activities at this moment. Undoubtedly, this is the worst disaster Japan faced in 60 years.

I would like to express our sincere condolences and pray for the loss of people by the Tohoku Earthquakes, and would like to extend our deep sorrow to the people and their families suffering damage.

Fortunately, my family is safe and our house is intact. However, I am not in the right mood to compose a haiku in this situation, so I would like to take a break from updating this blog for a while until my mind calm down.

Thank you ever so much.

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