BUT!!! Please don't trust the Western Media so easily. Check CNN or BCC. And have hope! Tokyo is still pretty fine!!
I have arrived in Germany to calm down my grandparents who have gone nutｓ because of the wrong information which is spreading in Europe.
I'm hoping the situation will be calm down a little bit and I wish I can return on Friday or around 28th ~
In Narita there are still plenty of cheap flights back to Europe. My family and I could change tickets without problems. So please DON'T believe the Western media that easily...
It should be the day when my family would meet my boyfriend for the first time. They wanted to spend 10 days in Japan and enjoy a wonderful holiday...all these dreams were crashed down because of The Big One.
My parents arrived at 1pm at their hotel in Odaiba. We were preapring ourselves to get the next train when the BIG ONE surprised us...2.43pm....at first we were expecting a small earthquake, which always happens about 2 times every month...but then our whole stuff was flying arund and because we were afraid of getting burried under the roof we ran outside on the street. Just in underwear...I wasn`t able to put on shoes or a skirt, because I simply had to take Peko with me. Most of the people ran outside their houses and we all watched the houses shaking.
After a second earth quake, we decided to go in&check the FNN News which showed terrible pictures of a huge Tsunami...it looked like some kind of Hollywood movie. The cellphones weren't working and because the telephone at the hotel of my parents was dead, too, we decided to try to go to Odaiba by car or taxi.
My fahter is able to speak English, but it was their first time in Japan and most of you know that the English level at Japanese hotels isn't the best...I was afraid they would be in panic, just watching Japanese news without knowing what has happened exactly&if I was fine.
In Sangenjaya's 24-hour-car, the shop where we always have rent a car, was crowed with people and we had to give up. Thousands of people were on the streets, trying to get home. I simply hold on to Yoshi's hand and Peko.
We took a bus to Shibuya and wanted to get a cab...but this was impossible. We ended up walking 4 hours to Odaiba, but the cold wind and weather made us giving up. No way to get there. I could send a mail to my to my father. The building close to their hotel had a small fire and they were quite shocked, but ok (first time in Japan AND then The Big One...they weren't lucky...).
Around 11pm the trains started again. It was terribly crowded. We went home, totally tired. But all the aftershocks kept us awake. I could phone with my parents. They were fine and felt save.
Yoshi prepared a bag with clothes, a blanket, water and some candles. We needed to prepare to leave the house at any time to escape.
The first pictures of North Japan in daylight. We were both watching TV and started crying. This was beyond our imagination. Yoshi already expected more than 15.000 people had died in The Big One...
And now a new, dangerous&heartbreaking news arrived Tokyo: Fukushima Power Plant was in huge trouble. Experts were trying to avoid a meltdown. Fear spreaded among the foreigners. Most of my friends tried to escape from Osaka airport. Panic was there, even in foreign communities in Tokyo...
The trains started to work again. We could reach my parents and had a dinner together. Everything was pretty fine...except the fear of a meltdown.
Many shops were still closed. We visited various shrines in Tokyo and ate dinner in Shibuya. Some of my friends escaped to Kyoto to be far away from the dangerous power plant...
At night I had a talk with Yoshi. We decided to take out my family from Tokyo and bring them to Kyoto. Yoshi wanted to stay. His job had no holiday.
We spent some days in Kyoto. The earthquake was totally minimal in this city. A lot of foreigners were doing trips. Everything felt normal. Except the news in TV...
My grandparents and people in Germany got nervous, they called me and my family and begged us to go back as soon as possible.
Rumours were spreading and the fear of a meltdown was shaking my trust in the Japanese government...
But I couldn't leave Japan without seeing Yoshi again! And so we headed back to Tokyo. The radiation level was totally fine. Tokyo's shop had water&enough food. The Western media was abusing the terrible things of North Japan to fear the people in Europe. To calm down my family I decided to go back to Germany for some days. We could change the airplane tickets without problems. Furthermore there were still tons of free seats at reasonable prices...I'm shocked about the German News telling there was no way out of Tokyo...
At night I talked to Yoshi. We ordered some pizzas and realxed. His family lives in the South of Japan, 450km from Tokyo. In case of emergency he wants to stay with them. But at first he had a really important job interview on Friday and since the was no official holiday he wanted to stay.
I respect his decision.
If the worst-case really happens, Tokyo can't be evacuated...it's impossible to bring 30.000.000 out of town. And I respect their trust in their own country. We need to hope for the best.
My family& I leave Japan.
I have a small suitcase with me...clothes for about one week. I won't stay. I can't. It's not a country I go for to do my shopping&getting a beach holiday...it's my home! My life is there. I would rather die early than living a 100 years unhappy and heartbroken.
In the worst case Yoshi&I will move to Koichi and start a life there.
My grandma was giving me a 30-minutes speech how dangerous Tokyo is and that I should give up Japan. No way. It's not Japan which I can't give...it's myself which I won't give up. I mean, I have something like a family there...and this is something which makes me believing!
I talked to Yoshi on Skype.You can find water&food in the supermarkets around our city. Schools&Jobs have started. The blackouts became more or less normal.
Yoshi went to the job interview this morning.The company sells extravgance houses in the Tokyo area&he should become an agent for it. The salary is amazing, although the working times will be a little bit hard, but still nicer than being a stylist (10am~20pm/ holiday on Tuesday and Wednesday).
Normally this job if for university graduates (he just attended a 2 years-college), but somehow his application papers impressed the company and so he was invited for the interview&test.
We were both really nervous about it, since this is a big chance for him. Anyway, he had an 1 hour interview and a general knowledge test. When he arrived at our apartment, we had a long Skype talk. He wasn't sure about the test, although the interview was pretty fine. The test included some stuff which he hasn't studied, but since he likes to read and went to a really good high school, he somehow made it.
While we were talking, the company called him AND!! He got this job ^-^ They loved him and even though he just 80% of the test, he was better than many university graduates.
Among all this tragedy, these heartbroken feelings, the pressure from my family and friends...I somehow felt happy today.
On next Friday he has a meeting and getting details where his work place will be and when he will start. Maybe around April 10th :)
We were both so happy. Life needs to go on! It has to be!
And for now, I just have one request: Please be positive for Japan! Don't think it's the end of the world! Believe in them! Pray for them! Suppport them! Concentrate your worries to the poor people in the Miyagi , Fukushima and Sendai! Send money, food, whatever! But please! Don't give up yet! And please don't trust the shitty News around you! Try to check BBC or CNN. And let's all hope for the best!
And here are some pictures from the last days~
|03-11-11 ~ Tokyo's life has stopped...waiting at a restaurant...|
|Bread is sold out...03-12-11|
|The night of 03-11 ~ aftershocks give us no chance to sleep...|
But around 5am Peko&Yoshi finally get some time to rest...
|03-12 ~ water is getting inside the stations, but|
everything is still fine. Tokyo was lucky!!!!
|Peace&harmony in Kyoto...|