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Anne Thomas: Rebuilding life in Sendai May 25, 2011

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It has been well over a month since I have been in touch. Much has happened in that time, both in Japan and in my personal life. Of course, the world’s attention has mostly sifted away from the disasters here, but even so, there is a lot still going on.

This country has been slowly and steadily getting back on her feet. Progress is uneven, but it is happening everywhere. Extremely devastated areas are still struggling with clean up and rebuilding, but much effort has been made to get Sendai proper functioning as normally as possible. We still have ongoing daily earthquakes, huge cracks in the roads, shattered buildings and walls, and protective blue mats everywhere, but reconstruction work is evident wherever you look. Supermarkets are open normal hours now and are well stocked, although some items are still unavailable or rationed.

Almost everyone is intensely focused on remaking their lives. Those who were seriously hit have had to start almost from scratch, but even those who suffered little physical loss are trying to reassess their attitudes, values, and ways of being in the world. Almost everyone is caught up in a wave of discarding unneeded items, and rearranging material belongings to reflect the deep inner changes that this searing tragedy has brought about. A former student of mine, who now lives in Singapore, came to Sendai to help her parents. As she sorts through her family home, she keeps asking her mother, “Do you really need this anymore? Why not get rid of it? Why not start again fresh?” Another student has taken load after load of earthquake-broken or unneeded items to the dump. She was totally astonished to see the mountains of goods that people are getting rid of. But the rubbish place is well organized, typical for Japan. “TVs go over there, refrigerators on that pile, heavy dressers are down this row and on the left,” say the guards at the entrance. Yes, it is a time of peeling away, discarding, reassessing needs and wants.

But there is a lot of buying, too. Home centers, for example, are packed with people sorting through furniture, appliances, bedding, and carpets. There is not an “S” hook to be found in most hardware stores, as people are buying them by the fists-full to hang things in their newly arranged homes. Companies are all displaying messages that say: “We apologize to you for not being able to serve you for several weeks after the recent disaster. That was very inconvenient for you, so please allow us to give you a discount on our items.” Or they might say, “We have all suffered a great deal in the past few months. So, please refresh your feelings by the generous prices we are offering in our shops.” (more…)

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David Wilcock: Audio Inteview with Ben Fulford May 15, 2011

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By David Wilcock | http://divinescosomos.com

http://divinecosmos.com/index.php/start-here/davids-blog/942-disclosureofficialmp3s

EARTHQUAKE NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL

For two years before the Japan disaster, Benjamin Fulford was on record saying the Powers that Were had planned to attack Japan with an earthquake weapon — and set off the nuclear reactors.

This is a matter of public certainty, as he announced these plans in two different videos as well as in numerous updates. This is the main reason why the Internet exploded with articles about HAARP in the aftermath of the Japan disaster.

These same negative groups are now apparently trying to set off the New Madrid Fault, which runs parallel with the Mississippi River — as there are some fifteen different nuclear reactors along the fault line.

Apparently the floods are a precursor to this — in an attempt to lubricate the fault line and increase the likelihood of it happening.

I believe this is all happening now because these groups are very, very close to defeat — and are using this as a final attempt to blackmail and coerce the rest of the world into backing off of the attack.

The defeat has been going on for some time — and I am now releasing an interview I did with Fulford last November that goes into detail about how the global community is ganging up on the “Old World Order” and demanding they stand down.

I DO NOT THINK THIS WILL WORK — BUT WE ARE NOT POWERLESS EITHER WAY

Let me say, right up front, that I do not believe the negative factions will be able — or allowed — to commit this act of mass destruction. However, I cannot deny that my own insiders have warned me of exactly the same attack plans as what Fulford has disclosed. (more…)

Sending love and hugs to Tōhoku Japan May 2, 2011

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By onetruespirit | Posted on Ode Magazine

I live in Tokyo, and I made a video about my mission to collect hugs and take them to the people who were affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The people have lost so much. I don’t want them to lose hope, too. I plan to go to the Tōhoku region in early May and take the energy from the hugs that I received. We also collected messages in a sketchbook, which I will take as well. Check out the video and let me know what you think:

Anne Thomas: Beauty amid destruction April 20, 2011

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I thought my last letter would be my final one until after my move. But some people have asked me to kindly keep up these epistles. So since I will be off line for about a month starting Sunday, I realized I should get one more out before then. And very fortunately a friend sent me an email, which expresses how many of us are feeling these days.

Steve and I used to work in the same university in Sendai. It was called Shokei. He hoped for full-time employment there, but the administration had other ideas. It was planning on eliminating the English Department completely, so not only would Steve not get a position, but I would soon lose my job there, too.

Steve knew he had to support his wife and child, so started to look elsewhere. That little family ended up in the UAE. Yuki, Steve’s wife, comes from Iwaki, an area severely devastated by the recent natural catastrophes. Her father is a fire fighter there. And when all the hard work began after the quake, he worked 24/7 and ate two rice balls a day. He continues his total commitment, without holding anything back whatsoever. This is what Steve said about him in an email of several weeks ago:

“I really really, super really, respect the father more than any living person right now. He is a hero – even with radiation his people are priority, even higher than family, but ‘for’ family. No attachment in the best possible way.” (more…)

Rónán MacDubhghaill: Shaken Faith April 19, 2011

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Rónán MacDubhghaill is a writer and research consultant with Eranos, Paris, and is currently based in Sendai. Published in Le Monde

Anywhere else on earth, a 7.4 earthquake on the Richter scale would be a big one. In Sendai, it’s just an aftershock that wipes out a month of clearing up When another earthquake hit northeastern Japan last week, it revived all the fears of people still struggling to get over the catastrophe of March 11. Since then, daily aftershocks – often substantial – have hampered relief efforts in areas worst hit by the earthquake and tsunami. None of them was as bad as this last one, which was a 7.4 on the Richter scale. Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, tireless in their efforts to prevent full meltdown, had to retreat to a reinforced bunker because another tsunami was feared. Along the coast, tsunami warnings blared and residents fled again to the high ground.

The gods were not that angry, and there was no tsunami. But in the morning , we could see more damage. Many roads, walls and buildings badly shaken on March 11 were no longer able to take the punishment. The building I work in had to be abandoned as unsafe: from the second floor right up to the sky, through three storeys, there was a rupture, and cracks all over showed the steel supports just about managing to hold it together. And this in the part of Sendai least affected by the disasters.

For the last four weeks, people put on a brave face and dealt with the situation. Volunteers and workers arrived from across Japan to restore essential services in solidarity. Last night’s quake has undone much of their good work.

If you try to step away from the situation, you notice something interesting, even disturbing. The earthquake did more than shatter buildings and infrastructure. To borrow the concept of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan about the Phantasy and the Real, the disasters fundamentally disrupted the symbolic ‘phantasies’ or fictions which sustain our reality. This brutal intrusion of the Real on March 11 killed perhaps 30,000 people (we still don’t know the total) and took away our reality. Lacan was right to say that it is ‘impossible to experience what is truly the Real’ because it is too much.

Not until after, and in quiet moments, do you really experience it – but in so doing, you are already fictionalising it, to be able to comprehend it without a breakdown. Yet in experiencing it, you do not truly experience it – shock takes over. Even after the initial quake, the cracks in our reality were evident. Electricity or running water, or a steady supply of food in the shops could not be taken for granted any more, and we had to worry about when the next aftershock would hit, and how strong it would be. We had to worry about the air we were breathing: did it carry a potentially lethal dose of radiation?

Reality – well, the familiar Phantasy, anyway – crept back slowly. Rubble was cleared away, shops reopened, with sporadic hours and little on the shelves, normality was cautiously reasserting itself. Last night’s earthquake brought it crashing down again, disrupting water, electricity and gas, and sending people out to clear shop shelves of what food there was.

The Richter scale plots earthquakes in terms of distance, depth and the energy released. The Japanese system is much more descriptive. This last quake was ‘only’ 7.4 on the Richter scale, which, being exponentially measured is hundreds of times less powerful than the 9.0 of March 11. The Shindo scale is more accurate, more human in that it describes the earthquake as it was experienced, the perception of its affect on people and their physical environment. It goes only to 7. The March 11 earthquake was a full 7; last night’s was an upper 6. For me, it felt much the same as the ‘big one’, only it was much shorter. We were lucky to have been spared another tsunami, and so this morning, despite the damage and the shock, the main feeling was relief.

Sendai, indeed Japan, again turns to rebuilding, recovering. This will go on for months, years. In a very ‘real’ sense, buildings and roads may be rebuilt, but for many, the recovery will never be complete – it is impossible to bring your family back to life. The international media have lost interest by now which is not a bad thing; poor journalism and false reporting caused much unnecessary worry for those involved. The true cost of this trauma (not merely some crass economic calculation) will never be known.

Students everywhere raise funds for Japan relief work. April 11, 2011

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While searching the web today for the lightworkers / heroes/ amazing people I noticed a lot of short news stories on local news sites highlighting students efforts to raise funds for Japan. The Crystals, Indigos, Starseeds, etc of the younger generation seem to have a knack for getting to action quickly. This is just a sampling of the over 1400 Google News results for “Students raising funds for Japan”

Old Mill High School art students auctioning off artwork to benefit Japan Relief Fund

Mary Farmar Students Raise $2K for Relief Efforts in Japan

Giving Back: Girl Scouts raising funds for Japanese

Saugus students raise funds to help Japan tsunami victims

Students rally to help victims of earthquake

Half a World Away, Burroughs Students Raise Money for Japan

Slew of Student-Run Events Raise Funds for Japan

More from Anne Thomas: A Japanese Perspecitve April 11, 2011

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All of the letters I have sent so far have been my own. Recently I received the following email from a former student, who is now an adult and friend. She give things from a Japanese perspective, so I would like to share her words with you. She gave me permission to do this and told me she was grateful if she might be able to help foreigners understand the Japanese mind a bit better. I am sending her letter exactly as she wrote it to me.

“Dear Anne,

I am sorry that I haven’t been able to write back to you.
Sometimes I do not feel good enough to check emails. Sometimes I do not have energy to do.
Today I feel a bit better.
I realized that I get tired easily. Maybe I have to eat a bit more.
My emotional waves go up and down. But I am okay. I am dealing with it day by day.

Anne, I really appreciate you that you are sharing your letters with me also.
Your words are helping and encouraging me.
More importantly, it gives me bigger picture in some ways. Your words are helping my brain to comprehend this event better.

I heard that in the center of the Sendai city, shops are opening more and more.

Thank you for sending me the ‘translator needed ad.’ Actually I was wondering about it.
I mean, when I saw the news on TV that Japan started accepting rescuers and volunteers from overseas, I thought, “how can they communicate? Maybe English/Japanese speakers are needed??”
Half of me is wanting to apply. But unfortunately or fortunately, I am going to work from tomorrow.

Yes, I am going to work from tomorrow.
Maybe it is better for me to go to work instead of staying here all day.
My co-worker told me that there in no Internet yet at work so that mostly cleaning, organizing offices/desks. So I hope that it is not too much for me.
I used my microwave to make hot water. I put them in a big pot! I did it yesterday to wash my hair. Today for wash/wipe my body. I guess I am somewhat decent to go to work now. (grin)

Anne, I was so happy to read your letter and know that you decided to stay here.
I saw the news on TV that many foreigners are leaving/left around this area..some go south, some go out of Japan. now I know some of my foreign friends did it for temporarily.
I know their home country is warning them and advising them to do so. Nothing wrong about it.
HOWEVER, when I know the fact for the first time, I was deeply sad, almost shocked…and also I was in panic…and tears came out of my eyes.
I cannot know exactly what triggered me to have such a emotional state, but I did.

At the same time, Japan is getting so many support and donations from all over the world.
People do care about us. That brings very warm feeling in me.
Furthermore, Japanese people are uniteing more and more. I never ever imagined it.
I am proud of Japan and Japanese.”

And here is a letter she sent the following day:

“I am at work. I feel satisfied to just come to work today.
Actually, I am just kinda sitting here, not working… but I feel better.

During my lunch break, I walked around. I was so surprised. I see more foods and supplies!
My co-worker and I went to Asaichi (near the Sendai station) to get some fresh vegetables.
Wow, so many vegetables with relatively fair price! I can shop like as usual! At the Asaichi, I saw fresh fishes as well. That was jaw-dropping!
Then, I headed to Yodobashi. I got an electric cookstove! and some light bulbs. Then, I got body soap, toothbrush, hand soap at one of the drugstores around there.
I felt much much better. wow… Now I know where to go to get some stuffs. (Around my apartment, most of the stores are closed or need to be in line so many hours to buy. So today`s findings are amazing! )”

With Love from my dear student/friend and from me,
Anne

Wondering how you can help? Aid relief efforts by clicking here to donate to the Japanese Red Cross, or text redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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Anne Thomas – A Letter from Sendai March 27, 2011

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This is from almost two weeks ago, but the spirit of the people of Sendai in the wake of the terrible disaster has not left my mind. To read more posts from Anne Thomas click here

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.

During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out a sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.

It’s utterly amazingly that where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.”

Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.

We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.

There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.

Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.

And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.

They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend’s husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.

Thank you again for your care and Love of me,

With Love in return, to you all,

Anne

Wondering how you can help? Aid relief efforts by clicking here to donate to the Japanese Red Cross, or text redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.