18 March 2011


These days I found myself not concentrating on anything and spending a lot of time browsing news on the megaquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. Since here in England, everything is going as usual, I have to keep up with the normal pace as well. So I end up working till midnight, using a lot of electricity.

When I came here, I felt it inconvenient that all the shops and arcades closed around five to six o'clock in the evening. But after hearing about the planned power outage in Japan and many shops limiting their opening hours because of that, I thought it is actually nice to open only daytime in terms of saving electricity.
Some of my friends here said that it is quite normal to have three hour blackout in their countries. The more we have high-tech equipment in our house, the more difficult it becomes to live without electricity.
It seems to be the time when we start thinking of what kind of service we really need and what is not. This earthquake can be a good opportunity to change our way of life.

On the other hand, I feel sorry to hear that many cultural events and activities have been cancelled because of the earthquake. Admittedly in this situation, nobody would feel like doing anything unnecessary to have fun, using electricity and making public transportation even more crowded.
The next few years to come will be a hard time for us, who are doing activities like a bubble.


  1. We need artistic activities,such as paintings, music, theatrical performances, all the more for the plight we have now in Japan. Art can alleviate pains and sorrows, and give people hope to live. What matters is how and in what situation can we give such artistic experience to those who are at the bottom of despair. If we succeed in providing such opportunities properly, it surely will contribute to make people and the world happier.

  2. so call cultural events, hum hum . My first concern are the people. All those that lost the family and home , all that are suffering in result of radioactive contamination... what kind of values we have that close our eyes to real human condition?

  3. It might be a tune someone hums in spite of his/her-self at a local school where people take refuge. It might be a poster on the wall of the gymnasimu there, drawn by the students, who are also suffering, to encourage people around them. Art is not only for the professinals.

  4. what a world... I feel sorry of next generations... Our legacy will be a selfish and materialist way of life where profit and get advantage from others will measure success.

  5. 日本は今まで電気を湯水のように

  6. Takanori-san,
    Like Frederick the mouse in Leo Leoni’s book, I also believe that art can actually give energy to people when they have lost everything else. I learned that a lot of kids were saved because of disaster prevention education. Maybe I can think of something to remember this earthquake and tsunami for the future generations.
    Hi Bwild.
    In today’s Japan, as well as in most western countries, majority of people are making their living doing something else rather than producing food or very basic materials. And unfortunately that’s our only method of making money to buy necessary goods from
    abroad, such as oil and food to support those victims.

  7. your are all so blind that none off you can see more the neon light. I dream whit a world where everyone as the chance to express it self in any artistic way. I feel sorry of the victims and of everyone that can't understand what's going on.