Essay for Boston University

Topics: Earthquake, Japan, World Pages: 3 (940 words) Published: February 21, 2013
I was a person, who wants to be a successful businessman like everyone else until one tragic event happened in my country. This tragic event made me dramatically shift in my thinking, and make me to strongly realize what I have to do for now. There was the devastating natural disaster happened in the North east of Japan on March 11, 2011, and confirmed death counts over 30,000. It was the biggest earthquake in the history of Japan. I could not even say a word when I watched the news that Tsunami swiped whole city away, and it killed tons of guiltiness people right away. I cannot really remember what I felt because my brain went a complete blank at that time. I did not want to imagine it really happened in my country. My tears were flowing unceasingly, and there was no way that I could do to stop them. As I am a Japanese resident, just being in the U.S made me feel I was an outsider, because there was nothing that I could do except praying for victims. However, when I had a summer vacation on July 2011, I had a chance to devote my time to join volunteer group in the devastating area, Japan. When I first got the most affected area, most of constructions such as houses and building were just disappeared as if it never exists. Our volunteer group mainly reconstructed the houses and buildings, and carried off rubles. I was surprised that there was also over hundred of people from the U.S came to help and encourage us as volunteer. I was happy about the fact people came from oversea for Japan, and I felt we all are becoming sort of like one family. I would like share there is the great experience I had while I was in the affected area when I talked to an old lady, who lost her family and her house was washed away. Her name is Katsumata, and she always severed volunteer workers some foods and drinks. Surprisingly, she sounded very cheerful like no others, so I asked her that what she felt about this natural disaster. She told me with smile that she has been having...
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