Soseki was a well known and popular novelist in Meiji era, and also a good friend of Masaoka Shiki.
I begin to hear stories of those who were actually engulfed by the recent tsunami, but miraculously survived. Their stories are all very powerful and keep the heart up for the rest of us. Yes, it is great to be alive. The land is still in mess, but if you are alive, you can act on it, and walk toward restoration.