Today I will tell you something the earthquake taught me.
A natural disaster hits you unexpectedly.
The last earthquake changed many thoughts and minds of Japanese people.
So did mine.
I realized something.
I would like to share them with you.
1) Schools and kindergartens in Japan are safer than we had thought.
I worried about my daughters so much when the earthquake hit.
It was almost a panic when I hurried to the primary school.
On my way to pick up my oldest daughter I thought which way she would choose to come home, and I prayed not to miss.
(Ordinarily, all of the school children go to school and come home without any attendants in Japan.)
However, I found that the school teachers never let children come home alone on an emergency.
About seventy children could not meet their parents that day at my daughter's school.
All of the teachers stayed in the school and protected them through the night.
Every Japanese school and kindergarten has emergency hoods, water, food, lights and blankets for an emergency.
In addition, children are trained for a fire and an earthquake.
It relieved parents a lot that adults are very trustworthy in children's schools and kindergartens.
2) The internet is very useful in an emergency.
Cellphones and landlines stopped at once because they were filled with too many calls.
Emails of cellphones were the same.
I recognized the safety of my family by the emails on the desktop computer.
My iPhone worked as good as the desktop machine, so I could read and send emails.
3) The social network is heart-warming.
On Twitter, lots of people tweeted that day "The all trains of Tokyo are out of service, so I can go home only by walk."
And another so many people tweeted how to come home safely or if they couldn't walk to home where they could take a shelter, where they could get free foods and hot drinks (many shops served them free on their initiative) and encouraged them.
Very long lines from their work places to their home flowed guarded by citizens' goodwill.
On facebook, my friends and I wrote on the walls of the friends in the suffered area.
After all, one of my friend in America got the informations through her mother in Japan and she told all of us.
Some friends of mine knows that my place of work is far from my home, so they asked me if I was OK.
4) My oldest daughter, Pon, can put her knowledges into practice.
I usually thought anxiously that Pon spent much her time on nintendo DS and comics.
However, she showed what she knew "Do you know that newspapers and plastic wrap can be splints when your bone is broken," and "I'll put some food in my back pack before going to bed."
I was so surprised what a clever girl my carefree daughter was.
She told me that she got the knowledges from her books, comics and TV.
I was so appreciated and so glad that she grew up well to use her knowledges in practice.
(I'm sorry that it is too personal.)
Now, Pon doesn't wear her pajamas but her day clothes.
I think because she can run away from her bed at once not because of her laziness.