While the media releases footages revealing the magnitude of destruction and casualty report, it is so surreal to watch how it happens.
If there is any positive message from all these (I need one), it would be the spirit of Japanese culture.
To me Japanese have already demonstrated their communitarian over last few days. While those who have lost love-one and possession, they show little grudge. They wipe in tears, but still hold up with dignity. Even when panic is already spreading, social order very much continues.
They have touched me.
Growing up from a historical background where Japanese imperial army has invaded, and with Manga playing a role in my adolescence, the nation to me symbolises reinvention.
The new Japan still keeps its cooperative root, although with blend religion. The nation is resilent to cope with adversity as post-war has revealed.
In some way, their culture transcends hardship and individual sacrifice. Such moral has hold up against time, from Harakiri to the era of mass culture (see example).
If one has to pick a country that could come out from major disaster, Japan should be among the discussion.
Will continue to pray for this nation.