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77-Year-Old Japanese Man Asks US Mayor to Look for Items Lost in Tsunami
Offbeat  (tags: sad, tsunami, Japan, unusual, interesting, humans, off-beat )

- 1183 days ago -
The mayor of a small Washington state city told The Daily World newspaper that he was surprised when he received a postcard from a 77-year-old man in Japan asking him to look out for items he lost in the tsunami a year and a half ago.
Smiles Return To Tohoku As The Circus Comes To Town
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Tohoku, March 11, earthquake, elementary school, smiles, kids, Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, radiation, circus, joy, dance )

- 1465 days ago -
During the show, La Tantan Sha - comprising the ringmaster, a crown, a dancer, an actor in a lion suit and two girl painters - set off in search of hidden treasure.
Statue Lost In Tsunami, Found Afterward - Twice
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Iwate Prefecture, March 11, Buddhist statue, lost and found, tsunami )

- 1501 days ago -
A Buddhist statue in a small fishing neighborhood in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, has led a sharmed life, repeating history this year when it was washed away in the March 11 tsunami disaster and then recovered.
Terrifying Moment Before Tsunami Revealed
Offbeat  (tags: March 11, danger, tsunami, terrifying moment, lifeboat, Great East Japan Earthquake, school, evacuation, lucky, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture )

- 1558 days ago -
As the tsunami waters rose around him, one boy desperately stayed afloat clinging to his evacuation helmet. A refrigerator with no door floated past so he climbed inside, and survived by staying in his "lifeboat" until the danger eventually passed.
Hibakusha : Reflections From Three Atomic Bomb Survivors
Offbeat  (tags: atomic bombs, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, survivors, radiation, Fukushima, March 11, tsunami )

- 1577 days ago -
The crisis at the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant following the March 11 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami has caused widespread radiation contamination - an issu that has cut deeply into the survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and
1,040 Paper Cranes Made By 96-Year-Old Woman To Honor Tsunami Victims Displayed at Festival
Offbeat  (tags: paper cranes, paper folding, tsuru, 96-year-old woman, tsunami, victims, lost loved ones, prayer, Japan, Tohoku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, tanabata festival, world war 2, devastation )

- 1577 days ago -
"The disaster claimed the lives of people in the prime of their lives, young people with big dreams, and even children who made everyone smile. When I thought about the people who lost their loved ones, all I could do was fold paper cranes in prayer."
U.S. Volunteer Group Earns Tragedy-Hit Iwate's Respect
Offbeat  (tags: Iwate Prefecture, Ofunato, volunteers, clean up, debris, tsunami, March 11, Great East Japan Earthquake, help, respect, thanks, US, All Hands, goodnews )

- 1611 days ago -
Since its formation in the wake of the 2004 Sumatra tsunami, American nonprofit organization All Hands has dispatched more than 6,000 volunteers to the scenes of more than a dozen disasters across te globe.
Remembering The Day The Ocean Rose
Offbeat  (tags: Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, photos, Iwate Prefecture, remembering, memories, town )

- 1625 days ago -
Some panoramic photos taken just after the March 11 quake, and 30 munites later...
Heights Of Survival
Offbeat  (tags: tsunami, disaster, relocation, devastation, miracle village, ancestors, foresight, nature, fisheries, troubles, Yoshijama Village, Iwate Prefecture, evacuation )

- 1631 days ago -
They watched in awe - both at the force of nature being displayed in front of them, and also at the foresight of their ancestors who, more than a century earlier, had relocated their village centre from the valley floor to the safety of the hill where ->>
30 Blankets Made By Israeli Kids Sent To Orphanage
Offbeat  (tags: give, blankets, Israeli children, orphanage, tsunami, quake, Japan, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, children, cheer, message, patchwork )

- 1642 days ago -
An Israeli woman on Wednsday delivered about 30 blankets made by some 1,000 children and volunteers mainly in Israel to an orphanage in one of the cities ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami to lift the spirits of children there.
Messages From Around the World to the People in the Quake- and Tsunami Devastated Tohoku   video
Offbeat  (tags: Tohoku Kanto Earthquake, tsunami, messages, cheering, soothing, kind, around the world )

- 1643 days ago -
Soothing, cheering messages from people to people. Japanese volunteer workers around the world asked local people whom they work with, for a few words to the quake and tsunami victims.
CARE Official Helps Tohoku After A Career Of Hot Spots
Offbeat  (tags: CARE, help, Tohoku Kanto Earthquake, March 11, earthquake, tsunami, JEN, aid worker, same, refugees, refugee camps, Pakistan, international studies, emergency to recovery, commitnent, Iwate Prefecture, humans )

- 1647 days ago -
"I realized, if you could just peel off your skin, everyone all over the world is the same. We all have the same muscles, the same bones, two eyes, one mouth. I started looking at the problems all over the world, and wondering what I could do to help."
Lives of A-Bomb Victims Thrown Into Turmoil Yet Again By Radiation
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, March 11, earthquake, tsunami, Tohoku Kanto Earthquake, Fukushima, radiation contamination, thrown into turmoil, a-bomb victim, again, eldery nursing home, Iitate Village, nuclear power plant, evacuation zone, Hiroshima, 1945 )

- 1651 days ago -
IITATE, Fukushima - Among those whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by the ongoing nuclear disaster triggered my the March 11 quake and tsunami are victims of the 1945 atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
S Korean City Redirects Japan Quake Donations Over Territorial Row
Offbeat  (tags: South Korea, Japan, donation, redirected, territorial row, school text, quake, tsunami )

- 1665 days ago -
Officials in a city in northern South Korea collected 5 million won (about $4,560) in donaiton for victims of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami, but used the money for a scholarship instead sue to a row over Japanese school texts, Yonhap news >>
Man Left To Raise Baby Son Alone After Tsunami Keeps Searching For Wife
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Great East Japan Earthquake, missing, baby son, alone, searching, march11, tsunami, rubbles, love, Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture, tsunami, shelter, sadness, child, family )

- 1666 days ago -
Firmly grasping his 1-year-old son Yuhi, 26-year-old Junishi Kozuchi walks through rubble-filled city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, searching for his missing 24-year-old wife, Yuka.

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