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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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.


  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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