March 15th, 2011

Thinking of

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2011年3月11 日、午後2時46分頃に日本東北地方太平洋沖を襲った東日本大震災。

マグニチュード9.0のこの地震は観測史上最大の規模で世界4番目の大きさ。
今回の巨大地震での大津波が日本の東北地方をのみ込み、沢山の命が失われてしまいました。

私の母国に起きた大悲劇は、今私自身にも色々な不安、疑問を投げかけています。

普通で当たり前だと思っている日常、普段見慣れている風景、いつでも会えると思っている家族や友人の存在。

大きな災害が起きて一番小さな個人の問題に気付き、毎日止めどもなく複雑な思いが頭の中をさまよっています。

お天気の良いある日の午後に、見慣れた風景に囲まれた東京の実家の近所の公園を、何の不安もなく散歩出来るという事がどんなに有り難い事なのか。

私のおばあちゃんは毎日散歩に行くたびに「ありがたいね〜、ありがたいね〜」と言っていました。

今またそのおばあちゃんの声が私の心に響いています。

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On the 11th of March 2011, around 2:46 pm, a massive earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan.

Estimates of magnitude make it the largest earthquake in Japan and among the top five largest earthquakes in the world in the last century.

Higashi Nihon Daishinsai (=Eastern Japan Big Earthquake) of magnitude 9.0 created monstrous tsunami and it washed far inland over fields, smashing towns, taking many lives away.

With living far away from my motherland and seeing a lot of fear and alerts there, I question myself everyday.

My grandmother used to go for a walk in the same park in Tokyo every day.

For the same hours, the same route, the same scenery, and the same routine.

“Arigatai ne, arigatai ne…(I’m thankful, very thankful.)” , she said every time.

Her lifestyle was simple and she was happy.

Now I hear her voice over and over again.

 

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2 Responses to “Thinking of”

  1. Shirley says:

    Hi natsumi, your beautiful words brought tears to my eyes and made me think, I wish I could have met your grandmother, I think there would have been lots we could learn from her generation. Loving your blog, I’ll be back to read more.

    • natsumi says:

      Hi Shirley,
      Thank you so much for your warm words. I’m very flattered.
      You have a beautiful blog, too, and I love your photography.
      N.

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