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Hana wa Saku from Brisbane #5

JET Alumni Association Members, Ironside State Primary School Students

2014 Feb 15th


“We are thinking and praying for you all.”
~Richard Wilding
“Ganbatte Tohoku! I will never forget you.”
~Jacqueline McKirdy
“Although the road to recovery is long, tiring and difficult, never give up! If we work together, we will create a bright future for everyone. The people of Tohoku will always be a special place in my heart. Ganbatte Tohoku!”
~Nicole Clarke
“I lived in Sukawaga-shi Fukushima-ken for three years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ganbattekudasai.”
~Jasmin Lam Sing
“Gambare! Ouenshiteimasu! When I sing this song I think of the wonderful town I lived in on the JET Program - Yusuhara.”
~Mellisa Collet
“We will always be there to lift you up.”
~Terry Vo
“Please do not give up and I hope that Japan can recover soon.”
~Nien-Tzu Tsai (Annie)
“You are always in our thoughts and we admire your spirit!”
~Megan Cramb
“I wish for the whole of Japan to recover.”
~Jo Shibuya
“Connection to our creativity supports us to find ways fo reimagine our futures and connecting with each other in stronger and richer ways. We are with you.”
~Scotia Monkivitch
“Your friends in Queensland are with you!”
~Brendon Lutwyche
“Your tragedy touched all our hearts and we wish you strength and courage in your recovery.”
“Your strength lies within community! Be there for your neighbour! Australia loves you!”
“Our hearts are with you.”
~Jane Everett
“The hearts, thoughts and prayers of the people of Queensland and Australia go out to everyone in the Tohoku area, and I'm grateful to have this opportunity to show my support with my fellow JETAA Queensland members.”
~Ellen Burgess

Hana wa Saku from Taipei

Rixin Primary School Ocarina Chorus

2014 Jan 17th


“You can do it!”
“A happy and peaceful new year to everyone.”
“Wishing you happiness every day.”
“Peace is the greatest happiness.”
“Hi everyone in Tohoku, I'm a primary school student in Taiwan. I was so happy to sing this song for you. I know you've been having a tough time, but please don't give up. Remember that we in Taiwan are always here willing to support you.”
“I wish you a safe and stable life, and happiness every day.”
“I hope that our voice can bring you warmth.”

Hana wa Saku from Leuven

Students of KU Leuven, Belgium

2013 Nov 17th


“I always had a great time in Japan. Please take care.”
~Dellafaille Yannick
“When a big group of people suffer a great loss, they find comfort in each other and stay strong, because flowers wil bloom someday.”
~Aicha Hinnenbank
“Words cannot express the feeling of losing what's important to you. I hope time can heal your wounds as much as possible. I'm very sorry for what happened and good luck in your lives.”
~Ada Bollen
“In Dutch there is a saying, "Behind the clouds shines the sun". It means that even if things look bad, even if your situation is really bad, hope and good things are still there, they may just be hard to see. So my message is: if things are hard and it seems hope & happiness are out of reach, just look hard, and work your way around those clouds. There, you can find it.”
~Elfi Stuyts
“It is beautiful how people come together in time of disaster to help and support each other and though there is little I can do in compassion, I wish you all the happiness in the world and hope you find it because you deserve it 1000 times and more.”
“Life might not always be the way we planned it. Sad and bad things happen, but you can't lose your strength and have to keep fighting. When life turns you down, be strong, because the ones who learns how to be strong know how they'll stand in life. Make the future you want. Because the sun will shine again after a tune of rain.”
~Jasmyn Verlinden
“Flowers will bloom, let's move forward together. ”
~Sian Nien Low
“Our hearts are bound to be one.
You guys happy = me happy
You guys sad = me also sad
Got rice, eat rice... Got noodles, eat noodles together. No matter how bad things get, I'll always be on your side~ Don't give up! Keep fighting!”
~Yong Khai Kow
“We will support you from afar as you rebuild for a brighter future.”
~An-Sofie Trantsaert
“We're here for you.”
~Tahnee De Longhe
“Whatever happens, never forget that you're not alone. I am here. We are here. You are strong! Don't give up!”
“That the people of Tohoku don't lose their light and that they may strive forward to a love-filled future. For the whole world, shares their grief and sorrow and shall also be there to rejoice in their time of happiness and bliss. For I will also be there at the time...”
“Our thoughts and wishes go to all the victims of Tohoku that suffered greatly from the disasters of 2011.”
~Akbar Kakhkhorov
“All our wishes go out to the victims.”
~Sana Zonnekein

A Prayer from Germany

Sarah, Germany

2014 Mar 17th


When I grew up, I believed the world was a good place. I did not question: "Where does our energy come from?" and I had no idea, that some people would sell out the health of our and of dozens of future generations unborn, only for piling up more money than they could ever spend in one lifetime.

A lifetime is short compared to radioactive half-life. But I hope my life time will be long enough to change something in society, to extinguish the "faster, better, more" or at least fight it back into a lonely corner of this world.

Three years after mankind was proven to be wrong nothing has changed in our society at all. And the ones who could do something, the rich and mighty people, they are still doing nothing.

The people living in and around Fukushima are said to be victims by an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear disaster. I think they are victims of our society. A world some people created once to become super rich and rule about others and a world all other people (including me) are supporting by living in the illusion that we are to small to change anything.

I understand that those of you, who have family, think twice before raising their voice, because you are afraid of them being hurt. But even if you can’t protest out loud, you can still protest in silence. You can avoid buying products from great companies and buy local stuff. Almost everyone can do that. You can support the local people, the people close to you and your neighbors. Modern society wants to isolate us. They want us to focus on ourselves, because they know: If we are alone, we are too small to change anything, but if we are together, we have the “mass effect”. Like our planet’s gravity if we stand together, we will draw the attention towards us, and others will follow and support us.

Edward Snowden said about himself. “I am just another guy”. Well, I am just another girl. One out of 7 billion people. Like I mentioned before, my life time is limited, but all of our lifetimes together equals 500 billion years! That number gives me the hope, that if I should fail, others may be able to make this world become a better place. But I don’t want to leave this to anyone, I want to do something myself.

I know, that I am still not educated enough to understand the entire world, that I am too young to have an impact on others. But I also know, that many Japanese people still are faced with hopelessness and do not know yet, how to go on, because I saw, that even after 3 years they are still living in contemporary houses! This made me very angry.

I am a student and I have barely enough money to live, but I have something I can share with you, my personal story of a future I can believe in. After school I had no idea what to study. I was a very bad student in school and I also had no one in my environment to give me any hint what I could do. One of the reasons why I study now is because of Fukushima and NHK world. I wanted to be informed about the disaster by a Japanese TV to compare what they say to what German television says. And while watching their program I saw a podcast about a female Japanese student who decided to study Chinese. Before that day, I wanted to study Japanese and only focused on that possibility, but my school grades were too bad to apply for this subject. I had very little self-confidence, but when I saw this young one, I was encouraged to inform myself about the Chinese studies at the university I live close to. I found out, that they are not limited by any school grade and the at you can also learn Japanese at the language teaching center of this university. Now I am studying Chinese and after the Chinese courses I will also learn Japanese. In the end I will get out more, than I wanted, because I will be able to speak both languages on a high level.

The conclusion is: That sometimes you have to think around the corner. You have to ask, read, listen and inform yourself and be open to other possibilities. No road goes straight. It has turnoffs that lead you in different directions. If you choose, it can be the right one for you or not. Sometimes we are not able to choose at all. But if you can choose, don’t be afraid to do so! Because if I did not choose, I never would have gained any experience out of it. I would not have come forward at all.

I hope that your personal road will lead you and your relatives into a better future and that you will regain your strength with every new day! You may feel lonely but you are not alone, I will not forget, and one day they world will have to listen to us, because we have gained what the physicists call the critical mass, the mass effect. I will work hard toward this aim every day, and I hope that this day will come soon.

A prayer from Germany, and thank you NHK World for not letting these people being unseen and unheard of!

Sincerely yours, Sarah

Poetry for inspiring 3.11

Manjun (June) Zhang, Canada

2014 Mar 11th


Hi! I am a Chinese student studying in McGill University in Canada. I wrote a poem for 3.11 earthquake in 2011. I hope my poem can give people hope and inspire them.

Here is the poem: The Weeping Cherry Blossom

The spring, with azure and mild wind.
Birds sang, relieve the stress and pain.
She wore her lovely buds,
Waiting for the moment to blossom,
And cover the land with pink snow.

The earthquake, aggressive and merciless;
Radiation ravaged, plundered the smile and peace.
She hug her delicate petal,
Fighting with the feeling of terror
And praying for her beloved people.

She opened her tearing eyes,
Seeing that the tsunami engulfed her homeland;
The dust dyed the celestial sky;
The Ruins filled her heart with despair.

She could only weep in silence.
Petals dropped, buds faded away,
fell down on the wounded ground with a sound of broken-heart.
But she believed that the seeds of hope would survive in soil;
She wished that one day, when sun shines, birds fly and people smile;
The brilliant sakura would bloom again.

Ganbare! Japan!

Keep fighting!

Sitthichok Khunthaveelab, Thailand

2014 Mar 11th


3 years and 3 days ago, I flew from Vancouver, Canada back to Thailand and had to take a connecting flight at Narita Airport, I escaped the incident by a few days, but unfortunately many Japanese had to face the disaster as well as its consequences.

My heart went to all of the people facing hard ship back in 2011 and still going for those who're still fighting after the fateful life-changing incident.

You will rise again as you had risen in the past, and you're not alone since you've got brothers and sisters from around the world who're willing to lend you helping hands in times of need.

Keep rising, Japan!

Bravo Darondos, Indonesia

2014 Mar 5th


Deep from my heart, I hope Japan will have a brighter and better tomorrow. To the people in Tohoku, ganbatte! I know you can do it!!!

I'm with you Japan

Eric Vidal, Mexico

2014 Mar 5th


It was a terrible moment I couldn't believe when I watched the tv news that day. But it showed that people is always eager of offering a helping hand when you need it. My mind and heart was with the people,and they're still with them. After a storm sun will rise again.

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