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day 8, evacucation march 18

almost exactly 1 week after the biggest earthquake japan has ever seen, 9.0 magnitude, and tsunami struck, i left japan to visit my brother in hawaii.

it was a strange feeling, and it had been a hard decision, and it’s difficult to say if it was the right choice. here’s what i know: it made my mother happy and relieved; i will try to take a vacation, which i desperately needed even before this all happened; i wasn’t sleeping or eating properly, so i am sure a little relaxation will help; i’m happy to see my brother; and i am committed to use this time in hawaii to work on getting organized and thinking about what i can do to support the victims of this disaster, and the recovery efforts.

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About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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