Blooming Cherry Blossoms – Sign of New Life and Hope in Tohoku

Having emerged from the atomic bomb-ravaged landscape of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, I was awed by the magnitude of devastation in Japan’s Tohoku Region by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. They caused a cascade of catastrophe and unimaginable tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants and the local community. Yet, my heart rejoiced immeasurably for the immediate response from folks like you to offer the Japanese disaster relief!

Beyond the media-circus creating unnecessary fear and panic, this is for me the greatest moment in our history since Japan rose from the atomic ashes. It is the moment of truth: the test of the true Japanese character!

Rays of hope shine from the dark cloud hovering over Tohoku. NHK has shown two compelling images against the background of devastation: a branch of cherry blossoms– the symbol of Japanese spirit and dignity – and a tiny, frail plant peeking out from ruins to show its “smiling” buds.

These offer me proof that spirited new life is ever emerging! They remind me of a Shakespearean quote: “How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”

Be strong and courageous, as we gaze upon majestic Mt. Fuji from any point on its circumference: “Prosperous Samurai Mountain; so it is your life!”

Takashi Tanemori

A Survivor of Hiroshima

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