Please click one of the images to start the slide show. The photos were taken by Kaori Koizumi, Kurumi Tamura, Miwa Nishi, and me.
It came a long way since the initiation of assessment of people who remain in their own houses in and around Ishinomaki City.
Mr. Ito, the director of Team Ohkan, felt it necessary to go to listen to each household. As the emergency stage had been passed, he wanted to value the locals’ input in order to offer truly-needed assists. The government had no ear for that, and he recruited volunteer nurses, who could go out into the tsunami-stricken regions for him. I joined the project shortly after the initiation and had begun to lead the assessment team. Meanwhile, Mr. Ito formed an association with Dr. Muto and Mr. Narukawa, who desired to find elders who might not be able to receive necessary medical care because of the isolation.
The assessment would be meaningless unless adequate follow-ups were carried out. Little by little, other professions were integrated into our project, and Health and Living Revitalization Council was established. In order to promote the health of each household, we had to assist them individually and holistically, so that each could return to the pre-earthquake living as quickly as possible. The city and town officials finally begun to show interest in our project. It will be so ideal if governmental and private agencies work together for the same purpose. This seemingly unrealistic vision might become possible in Miyagi Prefecture.
1/7/2012 12:17:38 am
Thank you, Yoko, for your insights on people's response to the Tsunami in Japan. It reminds me of when I moved to Rapid City in 1976 and learned of the flood that hit the town in 1972. Four years after the flood you could still see damaged buildings along Omaha Street, but the most lasting impression were the stories of my new co-workers and their advice of where to look for an apartment. They would look at addresses and say, "yes or no" because they didn't want me in harms way. Some of them had survived that terrifying night, losing everything. Thank you for helping people survive and get past this new disaster, which makes the Rapid City flood look like a trickle of water.
1/13/2012 05:48:55 am
Norma, thanks for your comment and sorry for my late reply.
1/7/2012 10:43:28 am
1/13/2012 05:53:33 am
Miguel, I'm not sure if I've found a new path. I will put my efforts to it, but I will never be accustomed to the selflessly hard working condition. If I have time, I would love to go to take a ceramic class, but that seems like a luxury. If you happen to be in Rapid City, feel free to call me. I will be here for two weeks.
1/8/2012 08:19:00 am
1/11/2012 08:01:09 pm
Yoko, dear, thank you again for these reports! I keep "trying this" on to understand if i could do the same and devote myself to such help as much as you do. And I like your even more boyish style now))) Keep us updated!
1/13/2012 06:18:23 am
It's lovely to hear from you, Oxana. Happy New Year! I think that you have been helpful to your friends and family a way more than I could possibly do. When I was in Abkhazia, you helped me a lot as well. My stay there could have been miserable without you.
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