I have so much I want to say, but I cannot find the words to express it. After the first quake hit we lost power for about 30 hours. The community came together and kept each other informed and tried to alleviate stress. Right before we were set to go to bed on the second night the power clicked back on, and we finally saw the images that you all had been seeing for the last day. Devastating. We had no idea it was this bad. I am at a complete loss of words now. I am thankful that my family is safe, but I am hurt by what is happening to this country that I love so dearly. My passport may say Canada on it, but part of me will always be Japanese. All I can do now is wait and see, and that is the most frustrating thing.
Here is a link where you can donate money to the Japanese Red Cross.
And here is a fantastic blog post I came across that sums up how the Japanese are responding. I am grateful I live in such an incredible country, because this disaster could have easily been much worse, had it not been for the preparedness and quick work of so many.
At the moment, our area is rationing gas and the food supply is running low. However, we are hopeful that the situation will improve for us and supplies will start to trickle. I hope that the supplies are sent to the areas that need it most before they are sent to us.