Japan’s coastline-dwelling citizens have centuries of experience in the water-dodging field, including where best to lay camp if they don’t want to wake up drowned one morning. Their conclusion: Build everything as high up as fucking possible. Through trial and fatal error (in particular, the 1896 Sanriku tsunami, which killed 22,000 people), they learned where tsunamis hit and how high up the waves go. Then, they erected stone slabs everywhere – some of them six centuries old and over ten feet tall – wrote warnings to not build anything below them, and hoped future generations would remember to read the blasted things.
The above stone, erected roughly a century ago near the tiny village of Aneyoshi, reads: “High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.” Aneyoshi heeded its warning and built their eleven houses even higher than the stone recommended. Each one survived the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, as did most of their 34 residents.
i went to a lantern festival at university today and photos do not do justice to how beautiful it was! there were 1600 paper lanterns, all made by students and teachers on campus. they were lit up tonight with messages of hope and support for the town of onagawa, miyagi, which was heavily damaged in the 2011 tohoku earthquake and tsunami. it was absolutely stunning
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In honor of our FIRST ANNIVERSARY, we’re having a CONTEST!
HOW TO ENTER
(1) Simply submit 1 of the following:
An message (100-150 words in English) of encouragement for the Tohoku victims
An artwork encouraging the Tohoku victims
A photo of yourself holding a card/sign with words of encouragement like “Stay strong!” Or “Don’t give up!” etc.
**Please email your entry to: email@example.com
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1st : limited edition official Yuzuru Hanyu Tohoku stamp collection
2nd : Yuzuru photobook with photos by Sunao Noto
3rd : Hana ni Nare bracelet by Ferix + keychain by Shampooneko
ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A **STOREWIDE 20% DISCOUNT COUPON CODE FOR OUR ETSY STORE** ON JUNE 27 IN THEIR INBOXES!
We look forward to receiving your entries! ^^
As our first anniversary fast approaches, we can’t help but reflect upon the wonderful year we’ve had–the opening of our Redbubble and Etsy stores, welcoming new members to our team, and YOUR generous donations that have helped us give to CrashJapan and NICCO!
We’ve come a long way since Sendaid was first created and we want to thank you for embarking on this journey with us! We wouldn’t be where we are now, 1 year later, without YOU! THANK YOU!
Let us continue to make a difference!
it’s three years on in japan since the Tohoku disaster and as much as you can’t see any repercussions in day to day life there are still tens if not hundreds of thousands of people still dealing with the loss of their homes and loved ones, i know i post a lot of stupid and destructive shit on my tumblr but i beg and urge each and every single person who reads this post to go to yahoo! japan’s webpage and pledge the 10 yen that they’re vouching for every single person who does; it might not seem a lot to you but when it feels like the worlds forgotten about you even the slightest input by a stranger can help. i’m going to the local temple tonight for a service to remember those lost in the disastrous week that began on the 9th of march and continued for days, the worst of which was the earthquake on the 11th. anyone who does this will have my undying gratitude. thankyou.
All the phones in Japan are going off as part of the national emergency system. This commemorates the 5th anniversary of the magnitude 9, Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami which struck Japan March 11th, 2011. An event that triggered three level 7 meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Nearly 16,000 people died, over 6,000 injured, and 2,500 missing. Tohoku is still recovering even five years on.