Things changed and unchanged after the earthquake

I hope the number of victims won’t increase.

Actually our lives haven’t changed very much at the moment.
If I didn’t watch news related to the earthquake, I wouldn’t notice the disaster except for the aftershocks
But I can’t help but watching the TV and searching the news although I don’t really want to see the tragedy.
What happened to my family after the earthquake are as below.

A few things changed
・All TV broadcasts became news programs
・I stored a water tank in the bathroom to cope with the disrupted water supply.
・My wife checked our shelter material
・Convenience stores have shortages of supplies temporality.
・Many people bought many food more than necessary
・Many books and framed photos fell on floor.

Important things were unchanged
・Untroubled living conditions
・My daughter went to her piano lessons. (Every school, shop and hospital are ok.)
・My daughter’s smile.
・My friends and family bonding.

I have to think about what I can do for those afflected.


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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing.

28 thoughts on “Things changed and unchanged after the earthquake”

  1. Excellent news for you, it’s truly a tragedy. I am glad you family is doing well and especially for your daughters smile still being intact (it is the little things that count the most…of course, not saying your daughters smile is little!) 😀

  2. The aftershock and recovery process is just beginning … Your post does remind us that life tentatively continues; we are reminded of the joy of a smile and how the changes that occur make us appreciate the good things. Thanks for updating us on how things are going in Kawagoe.

  3. I’m glad that you and your family are safe! Seeing the images of Miyagi are really difficult to look at. But, it’s a good reminder that even the smallest things are precious right now.

    1. 「生あるところに希望もあり」と訳すそうです。同じような言葉はすぐに思いつきませんので、また思いついたら書きます。

      1. せいあるところにきぼうもあり です。

        せい sei です。

  4. Hi Cocomino, it’s good to hear everything is fine and your life is returning to normal as much as it can.

    It’s great to see your daughter’s smile. Children are precious! 🙂

  5. I’m glad to hear the important things are unchanged.
    I hope your daughter keeps smiling!
    That’s the absolute most important thing! (^-^)/

      1. Yes, they really do!!
        I don’t have any of my own, but I teach them and they can really just…brighten up everything. 🙂

  6. So happy that you and your family are safe. Many years ago I spent time in Kawagoe visiting with the IMAI family as part of a school exchange program with Kawagoe Commercial School. I pray all continues safe in your beautiful city and your beautiful family. Smiles are precious.

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