Hope They’re Okay

I do not have any relatives in Japan, and I’m grateful for that. No need to worry in that regard.

But I do have friends living in Japan, people I’ve met both in real life and online. I’m not sure if this qualifies as irony, but whereas the folks I know primarily through the internet I can more easily find through those channels (or at least try to), the people I met in real life first are the people I have less chance of contacting. Whether it’s through changing e-mail addresses or just lack of contact over time, I have people whom I would call friends who are probably in Japan right now and I have no idea if they’re okay or not, and I have no way of ever finding out. Part of me regrets my own lack of initiative to try and keep up with them in the first place.

It reminds me of the first time I ever ate udon and onigiri, at a small Japanese restaurant in the World Trade Center, back in about 1999 or so. The udon was amazing as far as I could tell with my limited experience, and the onigiri were $2 per ball and absolutely gigantic. I never really got to know the owners or anything, so when 9/11 hit I found myself wondering whether or not the people working there made it out okay. Of course, I have no way of ever knowing.

I do not have any amazingly close ties to Japan. I’m not going to lose much sleep over it. But I do hope my friends are okay.

3 thoughts on “Hope They’re Okay

  1. That’s a very interesting comment that people you meet online are easier to contact.

    My uncle walked home for 5 hours, another friend walked to his 39th floor apartment. How do I know this? The internet. Facebook.

    I’ve been staring at the videos today and am very happy it didn’t hit a major area. Smaller quakes have been more devastating.. unless there’s damage to infrastructure all the way to tokyo (we’ll see..).

    I still can’t believe how much the place was shaking even in Tokyo. People were describing it as “I could see the roads bend and twist beneath my feet”.

    That’s… got to be an experience. I would like to experience that and live to tell the story. I’m in awe of nature.

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