March 12, 2013

Pray for Tohoku, 3.11


On March 11th, 2011, devastating earthquake hit Tohoku Region of Japan. The great earthquake triggered Tsunami and leakage of radiation from the destroyed nuclear power plants.  15,881 people were killed, 6,142 people were injured, and 2,668 people were missing. A number of people have still been tormented.

Yesterday (on March 10th) I was in Todai-ji Temple.  It  was a rainy day, but around a sunset it stopped. Sunlight came out of thick dark rain clouds.  The sunlight looked as if benevolent saving hands of Kannon Bodhisattva, Buddhist deity of mercy and compassion, had reached us and given hope.

The big roof in silhouette is the one of Great Buddha Hall of Todai-ji Temple.


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63 comments:

  1. 自然は美しくそして残酷なものです。
    人間は自然の美しさから慰めと滋養と感動をもらいつつも、
    同時にまた自然の理不尽さに力と能力を尽くして対峙して
    いくしかないのですね。
    東大寺の写真泣けてきました。

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  2. Special story and photo!
    Good post!

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  3. We have not forgotten. thank you for the reminder and tribute ... you were so much closer, but all the world was affected.

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  4. What a beautiful photo!

    Ever since the big earthquake in Nara I have been watching and praying for Japan. I will continue to pray. So many lives have been damaged but there is hope. God bless and keep you all. Hugs.xx

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  5. What a moment of optimism this sight from the heavens must have brought to the sadness. The sun breaking through the dark clouds in such a dramatic way was perfect timing.

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  6. Wonderfull picture for remembering what happened 1 year ago.

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  8. To była tragedia, którą poznał cały Świat. Ludzie wam współczuli i my też. Pozdrawiam.
    It was a tragedy that the whole world knew. People sympathize with you and so do we. Yours.

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  9. The sun must be hope We continue to pray and support Tohoku

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  10. Hi, Keiko,
    素晴らしいポストです!
    早いもので、もう2年も経ってしまいました。今だ復興が進んでいない現地の様子をテレビなどで見ると本当に悲しく唖然とします。一方困難を乗り越えて前に進んでる人たちを見ると励まされますね。
    先日は加藤登紀子の東北チャリティコンサートが100年会館であったのでチケット二枚買ってたのですが、まだ足が治らないので行くことが出来ませんでした。友人が切符をもらってくれたのでコンサートの様子を後から教えてくれました。何度も東北でチャリテーコンサートを開かれてる加藤登紀子さんの生の声を沢山私も聞かせてもらい改めて涙しました。被災者のことを忘れないためにも少しでも自分に出来ることをしたいです。
    Tomoko

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  11. keikoさん、こんにちは♪
    なにかを予感させるような素晴らしいお写真ですね。
    あれからもう2年も経ってしまいました。
    広島でも原爆ドームの前でキャンドルが灯りました・・・。




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  12. Yes! Hope going your way I think. Beautiful photo!

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  13. Lovely...
    Best regards from France,

    Pierre

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  14. Great photo and story to go with it. Thank you for sharing and the reminder of this date in history. Peace to you and yours.

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  15. とても象徴的な素晴らしい光景です。森羅万象が東北への追悼と復興を祈っているようです。

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  16. it was all over the news about the anniversary of the devastating quake. i hope that the people have somehow managed to return to their daily life.

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  17. A beautiful way to remember the tragedy.

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  18. Tragedies like these leave scars that go deep and cut across boundaries. Beautiful thought, I pray that this sunshine shows everyone the path to a better tomorrow.

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  19. Nice pic ans prayers for all.

    Shantana

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  20. 皆さんが祈った1日であったことでしょう。 
    理不尽な天災。 その後の人災。 
    そして多くの人が負った 心の傷が癒える事を祈ります。

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  21. Prayers to all. Such a long journey.
    Mary

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  22. なかなか復興が進みませんが、立ち向かって頑張ってられる被災者の方々の姿をテレビで見る度にこちらが元気を戴いてます。本当の春が早く訪れますよう、お祈りいたします。

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  23. Stunning sky!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  24. I will never forget that day and thank you for such a beautiful post and tribute! Your photo is awesome! I do hope your week is going well!

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  25. 本当に何か美しい手が雲の間から伸びているようですね。
    遠く離れていて何の助けもできませんが、天災はこの国ではどこでおきても不思議ではありません。一日一日を有意義に過ごしたいです。

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  26. The devastating earthquake in the Tōhoku region will ever kept in mind by humankind like the attack with atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nakasaki. There's the hope that these unbelievale incidents, who were a deadly disaster for more than hunderds of thousands of individuals, will be an everlasting reminder as well as a instruction for the present and the future how to deal with nuclear power.
    The German government drew the consequences and decided to "dare" the nuclear power phase-out. What consequences drew other nations out of this tragedy?

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  27. I love your blog! Following now, stay in touch xx

    thedailysugar.blogspot.com

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  28. Praying for all...
    Kind regards from Romania too!

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  29. We are praying for them here in Italy too, the Japanese community held a ceremony in Rome. Best regards to you.

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  30. Nice Blog :)
    Check out my blog at: http://beauty-fulll.blogspot.com/

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  31. Such a sad event. Always in our thoughts and hearts. Minerva ~

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  32. offering prayers for all beings who are suffering. your photo is beautiful, it is a prayer all its own.

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  33. I'm late visiting, but I paused to remember your tragedy. I wanted to tell you how lovely I find this twilight blessing. Hope you are well and enjoying your cherry blossoms!

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  34. A sad and shocking event. I hope the people manage to find some peace in the future. Your photo is beautiful for this sensitive post. Thank you for sharing!

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  35. Hi Keiko,sorry I've taken so long to visit your blog but I've been caring for a sick relative. Finding time for everything is the problem!

    Hopefully we may learn from this catastrophe,however I'm not convinced governments have the will.

    Happy Spring Keiko,I imagine your weather is much warmer than ours!
    Ruby

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  36. What a meaningful photo remembering the tragic incidence....
    Let's pray that the passed away souls remain in peace... God bless the rest...

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  37. Este acontecimiento de destrucción y muerte a mi también me dejó marcado; espero que los gobiernos hayan aprendido algo: y si por desgracias vuelve a suceder no se cobre tantas víctimas.
    Un saludo.

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  38. Lovely words and a beautiful image. Nature has a way of reaching out to people and your image really captures that. Lovely.

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  39. Keikoさん
     こんにちは。 すっかりご無沙汰してしまいます。
     先ほど、プロフィールにご紹介のアドレスへメール送付しました。
     どうぞ、よろしく。(*'-'*)

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  40. beautiful picture of the sun reaching down to heal the earth. Love it. Some things we must never forget.

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  41. What a tragedy. We have been dealing with tornadoes here in Kansas. An awesome photo that does give one a hopeful heart--very lovely indeed. Mickie :)

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  43. Que esse Dia Dos Namorados
    Seja o mais Feliz da Sua Vida.
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    ficarei feliz em ver no seu blog.
    Um beijo terno e carinhoso.
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    e felicidade.
    Ontem não consegui fazer tudo que eu queria fazer
    por isso estou passando hoje no seu blog com
    muito carinho.Espero deixar
    você feliz com minha visita atrasada..
    Carinhosamente Sua Amiga ,, Evanir..

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  45. Beautiful scenery! Prayers go on their way!

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  46. Hola Keiko, llevas mucho tiempo sin publicar, espero que estés de vacaciones o de reflexión,
    y que te encuentres bien de salud.
    Un abrazo desde Sevilla.

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  47. Love this beautiful blog and miss your sensitive, insightful posts. Hoping all is well with you and your loved ones.
    Mary

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  48. Awesome post bah, I really took pleasure in this entry. Ill be sure to spread this to my cousin who would, odds are, like to read over this article too. Found your blog through the Google search engine by the way, if you were wondering . Many thanks for the great read!

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  49. nice post! and am in love with your photography.May you teach me photography :p

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  50. Hola Keiko, paso en esta ocasión simplemente para felicitarte por el nuevo año 2014 y desearte que se cumplan todos tus deseos.
    Un abrazo desde Sevilla.

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  51. Dear Keiko, I have been missing your beautiful blog. It's a long time since you posted and I hope you will want to post again soon! I hope all is well with you. Jenny

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  52. I echo Jenny Woolf's comment - miss your blog so much! And so hope that you are well.
    Mary

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  53. Lovely to see your post Kieko. Spring is such a special time of renewal for the natural world.....and that includes us!
    Wishing you and your husband a happy year ahead.

    Ruby

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  54. Hello Keiko. I did not see a place to comment on your latest post and I wanted to let you know I am so glad that your husband is recovering well. I can imagine it has been a very difficult hard fight for both of you. The cherry blossoms are indeed beautiful -- heavenly. Spring renewal and, I hope, an omen of a happy year ahead for you both.

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  55. Hi Keiko, i didnt see comment box on latest post, but wanted to say i love it! :)
    greetings from Finland :)

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  56. So happy to see a beautiful new post - am commenting here as didn't see any way to comment on the new posting. I send you best wishes for your husband's improving health and for you too!
    Best to you -
    Mary

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  57. Did not see a place t o comment on your latest post, but just had to write to send best wishes for your husband's continued and complete recovery. And of course to let you know that I understand completely that of course you could not blog during all these life events. Many of us have been there (in your role or in his and even those who have not will understand.) Thank you for letting us know; we will continue to send good thoughts and hopes your way.

    And yes, The cherry blossoms are like a bit of heaven!

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  58. I am belatedly learning of your husband's illness. Please know that I will think of you now as I walk in the forest. May your family's burden of worry be relieved.

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  59. Este año como cada año, nuestro tren parara en alguna estación, depende de cada uno de nosotros dejar ir a la tristezas, miedos, frustraciones, malos momentos, desamor. Agradece a cada uno de ellos.. su compañía y sus enseñanzas, aunque hayan sido dolorosas, déjalos ir, déjalos bajar de este tren. Deseo que en esta parada, a tu tren suban miles de bendiciones, sueños alcanzables, amor, abundancia, fuerza y determinación para seguir tu viaje.
    Hoy en mi vagón quedaran puestos desocupados y espero te sientes a mi lado para compartir junt@s este nuevo viaje. FELIZ NUEVO COMIENZO EN ESTE AÑO 2015!!!

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  60. Asi es amigo´´´La Naturaleza nos regala todo su explendor y sobre toso a personas que sabe admirarlas desde su corazón como tú,,Con esa fuerza para seguir luchando e ir viviendo el momento...Te deseo todo lo mejor en este caminar de la vida!!

    Con cariño Victoria

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Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving warm messages. I will visit your site soon. keiko