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28 June 2011 @ 09:13 pm
I was at Tsurusu Shou yesterday, and the 6th grade teacher gave an interesting lecture to his students that I sat in on. Before class started, he gave a small speech about 節電 (power conservation). It's a big topic right now since the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant provided a lot of power to the Kanto region, & now that its gone, Kanto is suffering from a major electricity shortage.

Anyway! The Onnagawa Power Plant apparently is the main electricity supplier in Miyagi. Well, was. Onnagawa was damaged in the tsunamis & is out of commission, leaving Miyagi in a similar 節電 state.

What I really got from the talk yesterday was that while thankfully it didn't turn out the same, but if Onnagawa had turned into the same situation as Fukushima (they were able to control it before anything horrible happened), I would have had to leave Sendai. Looking at the map, I'm just around where the evacuation zone would be.

I don't know - I guess I just hadn't put the two together. I mean, I knew about Onnagawa (everyone was talking about it!), but I didn't realize it was so close.

On a somewhat related topic, I'm thinking about buying one of the photo 3/11 memorial books. Y put it really well when he said that it's not about wanting to remember but about not wanting to forget.
17 June 2011 @ 08:10 am
A piece of an article my dad sent meCollapse )

Really? Honestly, I don't agree at all. Being dressed as a maiko gave me a very memorable experience. Especially as an American, 'traditional clothes' are foreign to me, so getting a chance to experience being dolled up in a way that's still very profound in Japanese culture was pretty cool.

& yeah, I'm going to guess those same "Wow! A real geisha!" tourists are the same ones who still believe samurai walk the streets. Unless you have Asian facial features already, it's pretty obvious that you're not a real geisha. (BTW, maiko! Not geisha!)

I just really hate it when people point out facial/body features as a reason cultures can't dress like each other. :[ People living in the same area may have different facial features - does that mean they can't dress alike or put on similar styles on make-up? Whatever you think is right for you IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

Geez, the article makes it sound like it's such a tourist trap. If you've never been to Kyoto before & you get the chance, do it! If I had the chance, I'd do it again. :)
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04 June 2011 @ 08:21 pm
Sorry for making another post so soon, but I found something I wanted to share.

While compared to the aftershocks we originally had, things have definitely quieted down, but Japan is still shaking. I usually feel about one or two small ones a day. Last night at about 1 Fukushima got a big one (a weak 5), & docomo (my phone service) sent out the earthquake alarm. Thankfully, it was only a 2 in Sendai, but that damn freaking alarm still gives me a heart attack every time I hear it!

SO! I found a video clip on youtube of the alert sound & warning mail docomo users get (usually) about 5-10 seconds before a big earthquake is expected.

This is why I jump everytime there's a loud noise now. >:[ While I am very thankful for the alert system & appreciate it, it's made me a lot more jumpier than I used to be.

Here's hoping it doesn't go off tonight!
11 April 2011 @ 12:48 pm
Part TwoCollapse )
11 April 2011 @ 12:46 pm
It's been a month. It wasn't easy typing this, but I want to get it out there. I'm going to leave this entry open, but I'd appreciate it if you didn't share the next few entries. Honestly, I've had a couple of requests for interviews, but I've turned them all down. I'll answer questions from my friends, but I don't want to talk about it with people I don't know.

I'm seperating this into three entries: the day of the big earthquake, the week after, & the month after.

So, well. Here it is.

March 11Collapse )
22 March 2011 @ 02:53 pm
Y found this heartbreaking story online about a family affected by the tsunamis, & I wanted to share it with you.

There was a family living in Kessenuma - a wife, her husband, & two children. When the earthquake stuck & the tsunamis came on the 11th, the wife was barely able to get her two children to safely, but she succeeded. She tried to get in contact with her husband but wasn't able to - he was a delivery man in their town & was working when everything happened.

On the 17th, he was found and confirmed dead. The next day, a coworker of his packed his desk in a box and brought it to the wife. She looked through his things and found a small ring box. When she opened it, she found a beautiful ring and a note, wishing her a happy White Day.

Days before the earthquake, they had had a conversation where she mentioned that even though she wanted a ring for White Day (March 14th), it'd probably be difficult for her husband to get one. He agreed & said that he just didn't have the money.

He had bought the ring anyway & was keeping it as a surprise. He was killed just 3 days before White Day.

When Y told me this story, I couldn't stop crying. Even remembering & typing it here is making me teary eyed. I wanted to share it, & I really want you to share it with people you know.

I also want to mention that I finished my notes for everything that has been happening. I plan to write details & things & post it here soon, but right now, everything is a little too fresh & too close. I'll try, though.
18 March 2011 @ 11:20 pm
AmeriCares, Red Cross, Salvation Army - seriously, take your pick. Every dollar helps, and Japan really needs a friendly hand. I've had a lot of people ask if there is anything they could do to help me, and, well, here you are.

I've donated, and if you can, please try.
16 March 2011 @ 09:16 pm
March 11th changed my life. Is changing my life.

I live in Sendai, and, well, if you don't know where that is, you might want to turn on your TV.

It's a little too much to tell the whole thing now (especially since aftershocks are still going on), but when everything is over, I want to write a large post about everything that had happened. Well, is happening.

My coworker brought over his wifi device, so I have internet (excluding my cell phone) for the first time since Friday. I just wanted to get on to say thank you.

Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you! I just did a quick read of some of my friend's post - seeing everyone worry about the victims here & reading how much everyone is doing to help the relief effort. Just typing this makes me want to cry, thinking how much my friends worried about me. Thank you!

I'm okay - I thankfully live in an area close to the city, so I was able to get water & electricity back fairly quickly. Please, though, please, if you can, please donate towards the relief effort. So many people are without homes, without food, without loved ones. Please keep them in your thoughts & prayers.
24 May 2010 @ 12:09 pm
So, back in December I was diagnosed with Celiac, blahblahblah. Looking back I had multiple symptoms, but the one major 'get-me-to-a-doctor' thing was the heartburn. Truthfully, my doctor wasn't even looking for signs of Celiac when he found it, so I was pretty lucky to even be diagnosed.

Anyway, what I'm getting at is that heartburn is one of the rarer symptoms of Celiac. Since December, I've been wondering what exactly caused the heartburn, but I haven't been able to find any answers. When looking at a symptom list, heartburn usually isn't even mentioned, let alone explained. I've just kind of accepted it's just another weird thing about a weird disease & moved on.

But! Bam! Today, I think I figured it out!! I was reading some posts on the Celiac Facebook group, & someone mentioned that foods that cannot be digested start to ferment, & that fermentation causes heartburn.

Gluten --> Cannot be digested --> Ferments --> Heartburn!!

I finally figured it out!

I feel oddly satisfied. :] I still want a brownie, though, LOL.

Still in Japan, BTW. :]
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