12 March 2011

大きい悲しさと (with great sadness)

Oh Japan. My heart breaks for you.

Eight years studying the amazing depth and breadth of the culture and language of this proud, hardworking nation. A country where I have spent more than 100 days. A month studying at university in Kyoto in July 1996.

source: Google Images

Three months working at Kurumayama Kogen ski-field in Nagano November 1996 - February 1997.

source: Google Images

But it's been a long time since I've had an opportunity to dust-off my somewhat rusty Japanese....


We are so sad for your country Japan. The whole world mourns with you. We are praying for you here in New Zealand. Be brave and be strong.

And a haiku (traditional Japanese poem) to end:

The cold spring day
A mighty wave does not stop
Life forever changed


PaisleyJade said...

Oh yes our hearts ache! Didn't realised you had lived there! I am in correspondiance with two friends living there are the moment - such devestation. Praying hard. xoxo

Gail said...

lovely and thoughtful Meghan. Hope your contacts there are safe.x

Anonymous said...

brings tears to my eyes
lovely post Meghan
thanks for this

love and light

Anonymous said...

I am so with you. I had 2 weeks in the area hit by the earthquake. I adored Japan. So, So sad.

Penny said...

Yes so so sad. Prayers with them.
P.S. am amazed at your Japanese skills.

Anonymous said...

You sound like one of those 'thoughtful committed citizens' Margaret Mead was talking about! xx

About Last Weekend said...

What a terrible tragedy. Thanks for this post.


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