Monday, March 21, 2011

頑張って日本 ...

Hi All,

It’s been a little over a week since the twin disaster. It doesn’t feel like a week, it’s been a perceptual month.

Last week took me on a roller coaster of anxiety, sadness, worry, scare and impatience maybe frustration too.

I am happy to inform you that I am still physical fine and well.

I have been reading the news like I haven’t ever before in my life. My daily routine includes reading the headlines of the United Nations, the website of the American Embassy in Japan, BBC and CNN. There you might throw in the occasional journal of some country and Wikipedia pages on Chernobyl and Nuclear plant designs and Nuclear power… then breakfast.

The devastation in Japan is massive, and they say that it may take up to 5 years for Japan to recover… with that, if you can please contribute to the efforts towards Japan. Japan as a nation is very humanitarian and right now it could use all the help in can get.


Mishima is still safe. We are still feeling minor tremors (though one gave us a big fright a few days ago). Super markets are a bit under-stocked. But the essentials can still be found. We have had the rolling blackouts but it hasn’t affected me personally in any big way. Though for the first time in my life I also have an emergency-bag packed.

We found out from the C.I.E.L.D office that in Japan the way to deal with these situations is to full-throttle try to continue life. They told us “Japan knows it can recover from disasters”, though one of this magnitude has never occurred before. She said people continue to go to work and try to go back to normal life. This was one of the reasons that I decided to stay despite recommendations of the U.S. embassy as well as the Study abroad and Student exchange office at SBU to leave.

I’m not in any immediate danger this far from Tokyo and more so from Fukushima. I want to believe. I want to be brave and patiently wait as my Japanese friends are, for everything to be resolve.



  1. I miss you Keila! Stay safe <3

  2. hey I am studying abroad in spain this semester and I can't imagine what your going through. You are so strong and so brave.

  3. @Liz: Thanks sweety, I am.

    @Kat: Thank you, I am trying not to freak out with the news I read and sometimes I feel myself getting impatient, but just taking it easy. Thanks for reading =) ... How do you like Madrid? I've visited before, it was "peaceful" when I compared it to NYC lol