March 12, 2011
Haiga 545 Tada Chimako haiku 1
Haiku by Tada, Chimako. Artwork by myself.
I made this haiga before i left for Tokyo four days ago. It is about wind, but now, after seeing the video of tunami that hit northern coast line of Japan (about 400km long), I feel that it could be about the tunami waves. Where do the waves take Japan from now? The damage is only beginning to show, and it will surely be huge, especially the human loss.
At the time of earthquakes, I was at a train station near Shinjyuku. The train came in, stopped, doors opened, and just as I stepped in the car, the shakes began. The shakes were the strongest ones I had experienced and lasted long minutes. The annouce said the epicenter was somewhere near Sendai, and I knew right way that the damage was huge. All the trains in Tokyo stopped and we were shooed away from the train station. There were already long lines for bus, taxi, and land telephone (mobile did not go through). I finally found someone who gave me a ride back to my lodging. All the streets, major and side, were packed with cars, and it took us about 4 hours to move 10 miles to the lodging.
Though I was within a big confusion in Tokyo, I was able to return home in on piece. I am fine now, but I cannot whole heartedly feel happy because of so much damage and so many people under tremendous suffering.