April 2011

A letter from Midori to Japan.

April 27, 2011 15:22


This is a very poor translation of an article/letter by Midori that appeared in the Japanese national press.   (Midori Sensei, if you are reading this my apologies for turning your elegant prose into something so crude).

`More than one month has passed since the day of great harm, but still the people who were hurt so badly can see very little happiness.  I think the door to recovery must be opened by showing individuals small instances where their lives can be stable and comfortable.

In any circumstances,   it is not possible for ordinary people to begin to relate closely to the suffering and pain of those who are struck dumb and traumatized by pain and suffering. If music  and artists can contribute by relieving the anguish temporarily then this is the challenge they must continually take up, and as the victims experience this result we musicians must strive joyfully to carry on unceasingly.

Furthermore, artists and people connected with the arts can only walk alongside those who have lost loved ones always staying in solidarity and unity with their feelings.

My/our wish is that you don`t feel that you are walking alone and lonely down a long road.   Any and all Japanese people,   any and all people in the world are seeing and connecting to you.  I/we want you to never forget that our  greatest wish is the day will quickly come when you can put the tears behind you and days of laughter come once more.`



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Just another day in Japan...

April 13, 2011 15:06

Just Another day.

Two hours of wrestling with Japanese Kanji in the local Convenience store (4.30 am to 6.30) and I am confident I can write the complexities of `kidney,   testicle,  elbow (archaic version) body cavity,`  with ease anytime,  anywhere.   Who cares?

Am enjoying a relaxing drive to work listening to the early morning baroque program -  the music stops.   Two bars of a metallic sounding version of the Cembalo solo from the Nut-cracker Suite, at least that`s what it sounds like to me.  It stops.  I immediately pull over to the side of the road.

`Attention.  Serious earthquake now occuring in Miyage Prefecture.  People in surrounding Prefectures cannot stand safely.  Get under a table to protect yourself as quickly as possible.`

One of the surrounding prefectures is Fukushima and i wonder if the reactor is going to blow up today.

Just another day in Japan.

I tell people about the presents and money we have received from v.commie.  The look of gratitude on their faces is deeply moving.



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