Japan reminds us Toyota,Honda,Nintendo,Sony,Nikon, Nissan,Fuji Photo Film, Yamaha ,Toshiba, Suzuki but nowadays these three words:Earthquake , tsunami and nuclear accident Did you read Haruki Murakami's After the Quake ? The six stories in After the Quake are all related to the catastrophic Kobe earthquake of January 1995 ; not through the direct experience of victims but through the tremors that are felt, the cracks that open, in the lives of people seemingly at a safe remove.Haruki Murakami is described by many as Japan's best living writer. Murakami isn't interested in what earthquakes actually are, or in what causes them. He's more concerned with this particular quake's effects, and especially its emotional effects on people who experience it .
Thailand Story features a lonely divorced Japanese doctor, who takes a colleague"s advice and takes a vacation in Thailand. Her connection to the Kobe quake seems vague at first. Later, it became clear that she despises a man lived in Kobe, and she hopes he has died there. While in Thailand, the doctor does nothing but chill out. The wisdom comes from her Thai driver.Strange and mysterious things, though, are not they earthquakes? the driver says. We take it for granted that the earth beneath our feet is solid and stationary. But suddenly one day we see that it is not true. The earth, the boulders, that are supposed to be so solid, all of a sudden turn as mushy as liquid.Did you know that the word "tsunami," which is now being used worldwide, is a Japanese word? This is indicative of the extent to which Japan has been subject to frequent tsunami disasters in the past. Japan"s nuclear accident is the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.On the other hand, only the power of Mother Nature would likely be able to cause the scale of damage we"ve seen at several reactors at once.
Our prayers for Japan and all the earthquake and tsunami affected places.