Stories from Japan Disaster – Part 1

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I am reposting this touching story:

By chance, a group of volunteers met a young boy whose parents were killed in the tsunami. His father was on his way to pick him up from school when the tsunami hit. The young boy personally witnessed his dad’s car being slowly swept away by the killer wave, but was unable to do anything about it. He had not heard from his parents since.

For someone who had lost both parents to the tsunami, the young boy appeared incredibly calm though sadness was clearly visible in eyes. He was asked by the volunteers if he had anything to eat; he politely answered “no”. Hearing this, a kind person gave him some food to eat. After thanking the person, the young boy immediately went to the nearby shelter and gave the food to the aid workers there. He then went to the back of the line, awaiting his turn to receive a share.

Even in such a dire circumstance, this unfortunate boy demonstrated courage and unselfishness. This is the essence of the Japanese culture, and is something to be admired. More stories in the coming days.

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Dreams and Earthquakes

January 17, 2010 § 13 Comments

This started about 2 weeks ago. I dreamed about an earthquake. The next day, my home city (in Southern California) experienced a 4.0 earthquake. Two days after this, I dreamed about an earthquake once again; there was a 6.5 earthquake in Northern California the following day. Last Monday, I had the same dream again and the Haiti earthquake happened the next day. My next two dreams also coincided with two other notable earthquakes. This may just be a big coincidence, but it’s a pretty strange one. I bet psychologists will tell me otherwise.

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Reader’s Pulse: Time Travel

August 13, 2009 § 5 Comments

Previous Results:
Most favorite world wonder – Stonehenge (27%)

[Simon N.]
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Culture 101: Suicide in Japan

June 10, 2009 § 7 Comments

With an annual average of 32,000 suicide deaths, Japan is the suicide capital of the developed world. The typical victims tend to be highly educated and financially well off. This is not a major surprise since committing suicide is deemed a honorable act by many Japanese. The most recent high-profile case was the self-hanging of Japan’s agriculture minister.

Jumping off buildings and hanging are the two most popular suicide methods in Japan. As one recent survivor of a suicide attempt admits, the Japanese love to experience a flying sensation on their way to the afterlife. I wonder if skydiving in Japan is as fun as jumping off buildings.

[Simon N.]
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