The last two days have been described by people as a "living hell". Japan has experienced too much hardship. It was terrifying to watch the news, knowing the turmoil was going on so close to me. Just a few hours away people were devastated.
When I first came to Japan I felt quite detached. I was just a foreigner. But 10 years later, I feel like I'm part of the landscape here. Yesterday, I felt the pain in peoples faces as if they were my family. I watched their homes be swallowed up by water and fire, and I cried.