On Monday morning (18 June), news broke out that Japan was hit by earthquake measuring at 5.3 magnitude. There were death and injuries reported, followed by train disruptions, possibility of aftershocks and so on. The earthquake affected areas such as Osaka, Kyoto, Nara etc, and ironically I just came back from my trip to these places on Saturday evening.
First of all, I felt grateful that I was not affected directly by the earthquake, but my heart just sunk when I saw the news. What if I was there and caught in the middle, what if my friends or family were there, what if… when I saw the news, I immediately contacted my friends whom I knew were still in Japan to ensure they were safe, and thankfully they were not affected by the earthquake.
The next question that popped into my mind was: If I was there, will I be able to react to the situation? If I was there, what can I do and what should I do? I have been travelling to Japan for the past 4 years, and I felt guilty that I have not even thought about the worst case scenario before, and I do not have a “Plan B” if thing goes wrong. That’s something I need to really ponder about, and that doesn’t mean I will stop travelling to Japan, but to have the mental preparedness of what I might faced and don’t panic when it does happen.
I can’t help but sent my little prayer to those who were affected, and hopefully things will recover soon. Yes, the Japanese are tuff, they had gone through ups and downs, and every time they managed to stand up and move on. For that, I really admire and salute them. They may not be the most friendly and welcoming people in the world, but I always saw valuable qualities from them that everyone can learn from.
As I read through the news, I was annoyed by some comments made by those brainless people who can only live their life behind the social media wall.
“Japanese deserved it because of what they did during the world war”
Seriously? What the fxck is wrong with the mind of these people? I was shocked and utterly disappointed, and even disgusted by such comments, but sadly this is the age we are living in, a world full of people like this.
Once again, stay strong fellow Japanese, I will be back visiting you again soon. Till then.