Japan’s Earthquake and Tragic Aftermath

Japan’s Earthquake and Tragic Aftermath



Dear friends,

As you may already have known, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake ever recorded on Friday, March 11th. The huge quake and devastating tsunami has left the overwhelming damage to the country and we are still facing this terrifying conditions. As I have received the message from all over the world, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation for your warmest concerns.

This is the time for us to think what we can really do. I have thought what I could do now, at this moment.

I believe that there would be more than just watching the situation of this disaster on television to help the lives of people there. I know I am not in place to ask such thing, yet one of the thing that we can do for the people in the afflicted area is to donate for their relief and recovery. There are babies in need of milk, people who has lost their families, and houses.

Here is a link to donate for the relief and recovery of the Japanese earthquake and Pacific tsunami afflicted region:    Japan Red Cross Society

We truly appreciate your support, even the very small support from your pocket, for the relief and recovery of my country.

Deepest regards,

Tokujin Yoshioka

tokujin yoshioka @ swarovski crystal palace milan 2010

The raw power of the earthquake and tsunami that has shattered Japan has been captured in countless photographs and videos from ordinary citizens. In what is likely the most photographed and filmed disaster in history, the overwhelming sense of loss and horror is shared with the world through sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.

Human Tragedy 

Toru Yoshikawa on daily life in Tokyo  12th April, 2011

A month after the earthquake in North-eastern Japan.
World talks Japan Waterloo.
Western Japan talks Eastern Japan Waterloo.
Tokyo talks North-Eastern Japan Waterloo.
North-Eastern Japan thinks Fukushima is wiped out.
Fukushima thinks Hama-Dori district is wiped out.
People in Hama-Dori district…
They are too busy living…

Japan Red Cross Society

Continue here to see some of the most compelling footage and images of the March 2011 Japanese Disaster(s) – and to get a deeper sense of the enormous destruction and pain inflicted upon Japan and its’ people.


Satellite shots


15 March, 2011

Dear people who are in the quake-stricken area

As I have been seeing the broadcasting reporting the news of the earthquake hit Japan on March 11th, I am truly worried about suffering people at the site, and am hurt by this overwhelming damage and heartbreaking situation.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the afflicted people, and my sincere appreciation to those who are working for the relief of the area.

I am praying here that the second disaster nor the spreading of the damage would never occur.

As I have received the message from all over the world, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation for your warmest concerns.

I believe that Japan will get over and regain the vitality in this miserable situation, supported by the kind care and the warm support by all over the world.

I wish, from the bottom of my heart, that the peaceful days to come to Japan.

It is time for us to think what we really can do, and I would like to get over this situation, joining hands with people around.

Tokujin Yoshioka

Japan Red Cross Society

From Tadao Ando

“For those who continue to live…100 million people are supporting” .

I never imagined this situation where everything dissapered at once, phisically and mentally, in such a large area. This is different from the great Kobe earthquake in 1995 in which damages were made in the urban areas. I just can’t think of a word to give to those who were hit by the earthquake. All we can do is to support them. It is, of course, important that we stand up as a country, but our country doesn’t have so much money. So each of us has to support them.

In addition to volanteer activities, there are ways to collect money in each region. Some companies have already started donating to those who are suffering, but I think all the companies in Japan should do something.

I expect some support from the internationall community, but first of all, we have to take an action in Japan. Otherwise, we will lose our trust.

Japan Red Cross Society

Tadao Ando

Tokyo office towers swaying




Earthquake and Tsunami

Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Radiation management

Tsunami Wave at Sea

Tsunami waves rolling onto land

Tsunami tides rising over Miyako Port’s levee walls




The Scale of Destruction


Power of the Tsunami tides





The Tsunami was unforgiving

Emergency Search & Rescue Efforts

Japanese Defence Force mobilised

International Support provided

Japan Red Cross Society

Hopefully, making it to higher ground ? ?


Japan Red Cross Society

Food shortages

Touring a devastated town afterwards

A nice story to finish with

Japan Red Cross Society

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