Category Archives: Tohoku Earthquake

A Goodbye to Tohoku

In three short months I shall be reversing my bearhunt and heading the 6000 miles back to the UK. If not for good, then certainly for the foreseeable future. Before leaving I wanted to visit Tohoku one last time, to … Continue reading

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Aaaaand we’re back…

What an eventful 2 weeks. While I was off shovelling mud one of my friends (and occasional blog tech support) got engaged (congratulations Charlotte and Dave!) and another had a baby (congratulations the Bromleys!), marvelous Sorry the moblogging stopped abruptly … Continue reading

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05.51

There is a constant stream of short-stay volunteers coming and going. Their buses leave very early in the morning and they generally start packing up around 5.15. We don’t need to get up until 7 but because they are awake … Continue reading

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06.21

The noise of 100 exhausted people sleeping on a factory floor is strangely similar to a jungle at night. I am incapable of holding on to more than one ear plug for an entire night. Yesterday, after an overnight bus … Continue reading

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Travelling light?

I have just finished packing for my trip on Friday. I got everything in my bag, sort of. Close enough that I can manage it all anyway. Out of interest, I weighed the bags: they total 23 kg (51 lbs), … Continue reading

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Going on a bear hunt

Yesterday I attended the orientation session for my trip with Peaceboat to Ishinomaki. In the run up to the series of bank holidays that occurs at the start of May called Golden Week, Peaceboat were overrun with volunteers and were … Continue reading

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#15 Sometimes *not* volunteering is the toughest choice

I said in my post of a few days ago that society is stronger than we think, and that when a disaster like The Great Tohoku Earthquake¬†occurs people of all backgrounds come together to help, and I stand by that, … Continue reading

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#13 Society is stronger than we think

When something like the earthquake (it’s already being called “the great earthquake”) of March 11th happens, politicians and the press are always quick to tell us people are panicking, we must be afraid of looters and that they can’t tell … Continue reading

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ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!*

**UPDATE 17th March 12.00** Outlets like the Guardian are reporting the FCO are recommending British residents leave Tokyo because of radiation fears. This irresponsible journalism is utterly incorrect fear mongering rubbish. Pay no attention. The truth is that the FCO … Continue reading

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#12 Life goes on for those that can: there isn’t really an alternative.

13/03 8.30 pm There is now no doubt that there has been at least a partial meltdown of Fukushima Daiichi reactor 1 and probably reactor 3 as well. A hydrogen explosion in reactor 3 similar to that seen in reactor … Continue reading

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