Letter from Tokyo

Subject: A thought to share.
From: Go Watanabe <email address>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:05:54 +0900
To: undisclosed recipients

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for those who sent me an inquiry
and those who just gave a thought on me or Japan.

I just want you to know that me, my family and friends are all doing fine. We are very fortunate but there are many, literally thousands of people in north who did not have this luck.

It is beyond one’s imagination what they’re going through now.

I was in the office in Tokyo when it happened on Fri PM.

Since I’d been working so hard last week, I thought I was feeling dizzy at the beginning but there’s not much time till I realized that this is something different.

I guess many of you have seen horrible images from the site; earthquake and huge tremendous waves that engulfed whole town itself, or worse, a nuclear power plant explosion. They say it happened outside the core but there’re many stories, authentic or fabricated. I just can’t help hoping that we can avoid the worst and do whatever we can.

Today, people in Tokyo experienced the planned power cut for the first time after the war. At first they planned to cut 5 sectors for 3 hours in turn, but as a result of energy saving, we could avoid 3 sectors.

We saved them.

Normally when I walk down the street in Tokyo I notice that there is too much waste of everything; food, paper, water, power, etc.

If we care and try, we can change. And we did change one thing today.

Although we are in the midst of the crises, I think we can take advantage of this situation to turn the wheel.

With the numerous loss of life on the other hand, we must not only go on but learn and grow better.

I don’t mean to be preachy. I love listening to music, I go shopping and yes, I’m typing this e-mail using my PC all of which consume what is produced at the power plant. I tell myself what is important is to tell necessity from desire and to be creative.

I want to share with you what struck me today and thanks for reading.

We can change as we are one. And I never felt you this close no matter where you are.

Thank you for being there. I’m thinking of you too.

Keep in touch and hang out soon hopefully!

love and peace,
Go.

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