Tuesday, January 17, 2012

the 17th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake

Seventeen years have passed since the Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake occurred on January 17 in 1995.

Soome people had sensed a crisis in the fact that the memory of the earthquake had been fading as time passed until the quake and tsunami hit Tohoku area on March 11th in 2011.
The nature of Japan does not allow us to forget to be under the constant threat of the earthquake.

Earthquake occurrence is nobody's fault, so many of the quake victims were blaming themselves for not having been able to protect their family members. A mother who lost her little child committed herself never to enjoy again.  They got on with life 5 or 6 years after the quake. At the same time, they got depressed after seeing keepsakes from their family members and sealed off their painful experiences.  As more years passed, they finally could came to face their experiences.  Some of them have had emotional ups and downs for 17 years.

The quake and tsunami on march 11 brought back their painful memories.
Some of the quake victims became mentally unbalanced again, but many of them have provided support to the victims in Tohoku.

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