Filed under 11 March 2011

Postcard from Japan: Yarn Alive

Postcard from Japan: Yarn Alive

Today I had the absolute pleasure of meeting some of the ladies from Yarn Alive, a charitable group based in Shichigahama. Yarn Alive started as a group of people meeting up to talk and knit after the tsunami in 2011, and has become a project which is now able to help others in need by … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Kiseki-no-Ippon-Matsu

Postcard from Japan: Kiseki-no-Ippon-Matsu

I’ve seen so much today. Whilst travelling down the Sanriku coast I’ve seen things my eyes could hardly believe. Huge spaces where there should have been towns. I also went to visit the ‘Kiseki-no-ippon-matsu’ or ‘Miracle Pine’ in Rikuzentakata. It was pretty moving, especially with the wrecked building that has been left beside it. This … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Tsunami

Postcard from Japan: Tsunami

One more post for tonight. It would be impossible to travel around Tohoku and not think about the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. However, until I reached the coast today I had seen no evidence of damage, and everything seemed to be business as usual. Kamaishi was badly hit by the tsunami, and this … Continue reading

Mukashi Mukashi…

Mukashi Mukashi…

“Mukashi mukashi, aru tokoro ni…” (昔々あるところに。。。) – Once upon a time, long long ago… That was how my Sunday evening at Café Kino in Bristol began. I attended an event called ‘Myth and Music of Old Japan‘ by Mukashi Mukashi, a group of four musicians with one storyteller. All around the small stage in the over-crowded café … Continue reading

3 Years On…

3 Years On…

Today, Tuesday 11th March, marks the 3rd anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. I’ve written on this topic many times, and felt this anniversary couldn’t slip by without a mention. Tohoku, and indeed all of Japan, has been in my mind since that day; a day none of us will ever forget. As … Continue reading

Thoughts on 11th March…

Thoughts on 11th March…

It’s been a funny old day. I woke up at 5.30 this morning and lay in bed staring at my ceiling. I’d just had a bad dream that my flat’s ever-increasing damp problem had spread overnight, but I was reassured to find that my ceiling was still there – I had a roof over my … Continue reading

Guest Post: Words from Tohoku on the 2nd Anniversary

Guest Post: Words from Tohoku on the 2nd Anniversary

Welcome to the first ever guest post on Haikugirl’s Japan! I don’t normally invite guest posts, preferring to write everything myself (this is Haikugirl’s Japan, after all, and my intention is for this blog to be about the way I see Japan). But, for the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami today I really … Continue reading