Dear Japan

You gave us this:

(For which most of us thank you in the moment. It's retrospect that gives us the problem. But you've definitely brought life to the party.)

 

You also gave us this:

(The first historical novel ever written: The Tale of Genji, authored by Lady Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century. How beautiful.)

 

Of course this completely changed how we enjoyed our music: 

(An original ad, with a little help from John Cleese.)

 

And I grew up wearing these:

(Except in the girl version, and without the chronometers. Not because I didn't like them–I LOVED them. I wanted chronometers. I just didn't know what they were for. But my husband does. I've bought him some chronometer-rich time-keepers.) 

 

I always wanted to learn to do this:

But without the beard.

 

After chowing on some of this:

 

(Kept me alive during college.)

 

But most of all, thank you for this: The Cherry Blossom trees. Your gift of friendship to America, in 1912:

We hope you heal. We hope we can help in some way. Prayers to you.


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About Janiel 432 Articles
I have managed to keep the same husband for nearly three decades, and the same four children for almost that long - although one or two of them say it has been much longer. I have been writing since I learned to hold a pencil, and trying to make people laugh even longer. I hope to do some good in the world before I go the way of it. And if not, I'd better at least get to visit Ireland.

3 Comments

  1. Love the tribute, I’m sure we have been enriched in so many other ways too. It’s painful to watch the disasters unfold on these good people, our brothers!

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