On Thursday night, I was driving home from my weekly taiko group, and on the phone with my mom when the first earthquake alarm went off. I wasn't sure why my phone was flipping out, and although I recognized the characters that it displayed I didn't understand the meaning initially.
Signs covering Fukushima Station are a distraction from the fact that 100,000 people are still displaced in the Prefecture. Burn clothes: Wear 'em, ...
In war, choose love. In despair, choose love. When the good and bad becomes relative concepts and appear to be grey, choose love. When you don't know whom to blame about the magnitude of atrocities around you, choose love. Because every life matters, whether it is reported in the media or not.
Hear the world, O God. Uncover your ears and know your people's anguish. Do not hide yourself from the cries for relief, from the noises of war.
Mr. Matsumura began feeding the starving animals and eventually decided he should stay and care for the animals that survived, even though it was a direct disregard of government orders. By staying, he was being exposed to up to 17 times the level of radiation that is considered safe.
No Japanese city was more brutally ripped apart by the deadly 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami than Higashimatsushima. More than 1,000 residents died, and 11,000 structures were destroyed. How do you bounce back from that?
Japanese boat man gives a crash course in disaster management. Standing on the bridge of the Himawari (sunflower), the boat Susumu Sugawara, 72, sail...
The warming of the ocean surely has an impact on changing growth patterns of marine plants and animals, just as the changing pH or acidity of the ocean has been shown to modify habitat and migrations. But what else?
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 7,000 people, and left the country ravaged in need of acute social and structural reconstruction.
How do we understand the impact of climate change and natural disasters on people and architecture, and how does humanity learn from our mistakes and try to prepare for potential future cataclysms?
The truth is, we weren't looking for a vacation, we were looking for an adventure. We were looking for that beautiful chaos -- the extraordinary feeling of anything can happen.
On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...
The number of children affected every year by disasters is projected to reach 175 million over the next ten years -- a figure that will have nearly tripled since the early 1990s. Children represent more than half of all people affected by disasters, and not surprisingly, the children at greatest risk are typically the poorest and hardest to reach.
Nature is desperately trying to survive and return to its original state. The animals disappeared when they lost their ecosystem, but now, after three years of struggling to rebuild it, they are starting to recover their way of life.
A culture whose existence has been based, for as long as it's been a culture, on uncertainty, impermanence and due caution about everything we don't know, is much as it's always been.
Three years ago, I was living in Tokyo during the March 11, 2011 earthquake. I was plunged into deep fear, and over the next two days I slowly crawled my way out of my panic. Today I'm remembering what I learned in the dark days after that tragic event, and remembering and honoring all those who lost family and friends.