We, Japanese, pray to the temple, shrine and sometimes to the church. Whatever we can repely on, we pray for "Requiem".
The magniutude of this time earthquake is changed from 8.8 to 9.0 officially. As the TV crews enter into the many remote areas, the miserable and incredible situation are reported with live image. At some town along the sea shore, 10000 citizen are misssing at a time. Civil service itself cannot function at all, as all the civili servants including mayor are missing at several municipalities. The condistion of the damaged nuclear power stataion seems to be able to avoided the worst case, but 180 citizen may be atom-bombed to some degree. I am afraid but the number of victim including missing leads to 15000 or more--. But I am very happy that many rescure teams from overseas(German, Korea, Singapore and so on, USA tonight) arrive at Japan.
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lousat (76832) 2011-03-13 1:00
We are close to your pain, thank you for these interesting examples from your unlucky land.
bebbetto (12) 2011-03-13 3:50
Dearest Takero, I was strongly shot by the terrible news from Japan. I visited your country several times and appreciated the kindness of your people, the perfection of your everyday life, the beauty of your towns and temples. I am sure the you will overcome this terrible moment. I am near you
digbymerry (3998) 2011-03-13 4:00
We are following your Country's troubles. It is being well documented on the BBC and the films showing the devastation are horrifying. Our thoughts are with you.
ikeharel (57144) 2011-03-13 4:07
Sometime a pray is good for the soul, Takero - but in this Japan EQ much more is needed.
We see everyday on TV what was the outcome of 3 major events, and I am sure that the diligent Japanees people will overcome the disaster - materially, however scars on soul and body will remain.
Nice take on people pray.
Regards, with the best of sympathy.
papera (13952) 2011-03-13 4:36
you mention something that makes us realize how devastating the impact on daily life has been - not only a brutal disruption, but a real, long-lasting interruption. people are missing, tens of thousands of them, and those are the very people who make a country what it is. we like to believe that machines and computers control our lives, but ultimately it's people who operate them, it's people who make the system function.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-03-13 4:43
I do not stop to think to your country. I am praying from here in the way in which I am able to do.
agulberk (3794) 2011-03-13 5:10
We understand and share your pains.
We pray for all japan
We wish patience for all japanese brothers and sisters
" By nature man is extremely weak, yet everything touches him, and saddens and grieves him. Also he is utterly lacking in power, yet the calamities and enemies that afflict him are extremely numerous. Also he is extremely wanting, yet his needs are indeed many. Also he is lazy and incapable, yet life's responsibilities are most burdensome. Also his humanity has connected him to the rest of the universe, yet the decline and disappearance of the things he loves and with which he is familiar continually pains him. Also his reason shows him exalted aims and lasting fruits, yet his hand is short, his life brief, his power slight, and his patience little.
It can be clearly understood from this how essential it is for a spirit in this state to have recourse to and present a petition to the Court of an All-Powerful One of Glory, an All-Compassionate All-Beauteous One through prayer and supplication, to seek success and help from Him, and what a necessary point of support it is so that he can face the things that will happen to him in the coming day and bear the duties that will be loaded on him."
Angshu (55665) 2011-03-13 9:07
My prayers are with you & your countrymen
The sheer magnitude of nature's fury was catastrophic and as I see the pictures of destruction in TV, my eyes water
Your country men are famous for their resilience & in the power of spiritual...you will surely rise above this calamity & build anew. Till such time we pray in unison my friend
giorgimer (34846) 2011-03-13 11:40
We all wish you the best in these so hard days
With love from Italy
rodgerg (55767) 2011-03-13 11:43
All my sympaty to Japanese people during this difficult time.
jaywalker (16099) 2011-03-13 13:58
Hi Takero, We are all praying for the Japanese people & victims of the earthquake & subsequent tsunami, I watch the news everyday looking at more & more footage of what happened & feel so sad & helpless, I remember feeling the same way on 24 December 2004 & thinking to myself that I would never need to see anything like that again, the power of the earth is amazing & so frightening, I hope you & all your family & friends are find, take care Wilson.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-03-13 14:40
Hi Dear Takero,
we are watching the events in Hungary, we are praying for the Japanese people.
a beautiful photo, my friend
emka (78852) 2011-03-13 15:12
Hi dear Takero,
I cannot stop thinking about Japan in these day. How is the life in Tokyo? I saw that there are problems with water and queues for food but probably in the northern cities. So much suffering. The nice scene I saw so many times. In such moments the prayers maybe consolation.
All the best, my thoughts and heart are with you
nikkitta (14852) 2011-03-13 16:42
Dear Takero, me again
I know I am late but be sure my prayers and thought are with you and for your country
Moving photo of the praying people
Good, interesting notes and photos you are posting
Wish , once more all the best from Argentina
maloutim (9637) 2011-03-17 20:05
Nice picture of people praying in front of the temple.
We all pray for the Japanese, acoss the world, and are eagerly expecting a time when the earthquake is over and the nuclear risk mastered.
We admire the courage of the people who risk their lives trying to repair the reactors.
- Copyright: Takero KAWABATA (bukitgolfb301) (35908)
- Genre: People
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- Date Taken: 2011-02-15
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon 1D Mark‡W, Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L-USM
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- Date Submitted: 2011-03-13 0:40