3.11 EARTHQUAKE


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On March 11th, 2011, I came to The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo to see the exhibition ‘Okamoto Taro ― The 100th Anniversary of His Birth.’

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A powerful earthquake hit at 2:46 p.m. while I looked at ‘’Wounded Arm’’ … only 10 minutes after I entered the exhibition room.

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The earthquake measuring magnitude 9.0 (it was upwardly revised to 9.0 from 8.8 today) hit northern Japan and it triggered tsunami that wiped way cars, ships, houses and devastated the towns all along the east coast.

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Immediately after the earthquake, visitors evacuated the building.

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People got away from the subway station.

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Sound of a ambulances siren, fire engines siren and police cars screamed around The Outer Garden of Tokyo Imperial Palace near Takebashi station.

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Office workers wearing helmets gathered at ‘evacuation spot’ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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Full suspension of all train services …


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A soba noodle restaurant ‘Chojuan’ provided people with a place to rest.
The restaurant gave me an onigiri (rice ball) and a cup of tea …

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I cannot thank you enough.

It looked like there was no chance for the resumption of operation of trains … I decided to walk home.

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Thousands of people walked fast and rushed home as if they were robots.

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Capital freeway was closed and the traffic got heavy, and cars did not move forward.

I walked for about 3.5 hours and then I was lucky enough to catch a train that resumed operation at 11 p.m. …

What a day!

When I got home at 1 a.m., I appreciated the fact I am alive and prayed for the victims of tsunami.


We have received warm words of encouragement from all over the world and there are no words adequate to express our thanks for their kindness and warmth.

Now, everything is back to normal in Tokyo.
We look forward to meeting with you in the near future.
After going through bitter experience, we will grow up and get better.

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