I studied abroad in the summer of 2010. When I got back home, my life rapidly changed. I got involved with clubs, specifically a club my friends from the abroad trip and I started in order to practice our Japanese. The year went by. When March 11th came around everyone needed to tell me. Everyone was making it a big deal to tell me this thing happened in Japan. Don't get me wrong, it was a horrible event that happened over there and I was truly sad but I just didn't understand why my relatives had to tell me about this. Then I came to the conclusion that they had associated me with Japan since I studied abroad over there. I never really had a thing that made me stand out, but this was one of them apparently. That day was one disaster after another for the Tohoku region. I read all these sad stories online about teachers saving students while their own lives were not spared. It was just a sad thing to hear, and I could understand that sadness and worry since Hurricane Katrina happened. A few weeks (maybe a month) passed and the donations were underway. I remember there being a donation table outside the cafeteria. I was literally dumping everything from my wallet into that donation jar. Did you know that during Hurricane Katrina most of the donations came from Japan? I didn't know that until that day I was standing in front of the donation table. That spoke to me, but what else could I do.
|Tabling for the event in cosplay!|
|Setting up for the event a few hours before it begins.|
|Carry it with me wherever I go. I am Tohoku Tomo!|
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