The trip to Japan is only two days away. I’m very excited and I can’t wait to get to Tokyo. I’m dreading the plane ride but hopefully it won’t be too rough. I know we will have lots of fun!
Ever since I left Japan, I’ve wanted to go back. My departure was rather unexpected and I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to see. Even though I’m only going back for two weeks, I feel like I’m completing my trip, just a little late. We’re landing in Tokyo, one of the places I planned to visit and didn’t get to due to the earthquake. To say I’m excited is an understatement. Even though this week has been a whirlwind of graduating from college and preparing for real life, this has been the only thing I can think about. I can’t wait to get back to Japan. More to come!
So I’ve just found out that we’re supposed to do these blogs before we leave… yea…
Anyway, only two days left! I’m super excited to leave. I’ve been to Australia before, so I’m not too worried about the long flight there. To be honest, I’ll probably just sleep the entire way. Maybe watch a movie if the flight has that capability… I don’t plan on bringing my computer, so I have no idea how I’m going to update this thing! I am taking my nook, so maybe I can type out something quick on that, though.
I’m all packed (well… almost all packed), I have my yen, and I’m ready to do some sightseeing. Let’s go people!
When I woke up this morning, I had an unusually high number of notifications on my phone. Still in a state of grogginess, I fumbled with the unlock screen and brought up the app which had the largest number of messages; Twitter. Reading through hours worth of updates within about five minutes brought me up to speed on why the Internet was unusually active.Japan had been hit by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake. While this is devastating enough by itself, the, as of this writing, 27 aftershocks have really wrecked havoc on the area. Because of this massive shock, areas surrounding Japan, and eventually many Pacific-facing coastlines, will be impacted by the tsunamis created in the aftermath.As I watched the updates, videos and images pour in; I couldn’t help but feel helpless. While sitting on my couch, eating my breakfast, flooded waters and devastation are sweeping through the Pacific region. I know, realistically, there is little that we living on the Eastern United States can do. I know I am not the only one either; the hash-tag #prayforjapan has been the number one trending topic on Twitter for over the past five hours.This wasn’t intended to be a news update post, but I felt that the events today should remind us all of how lucky we are to be living in Ohio right now. Even with the snow, bi-polar temperatures and the nearing end of spring break, we are incredibly better off than many living in Japan at the moment. So as we enter the last weekend of break, I encourage you to take some time and think about the people affected by today’s events. With that in mind, I hope that this break was relaxing and enjoyable wherever you ended up, and enjoy this last weekend!