Well everyone,I am back in Hawaii and I am safe. It was a scary time to be in Japan.
After the 9.0 earthquake hit, everyone's life changed in Japan. I had never seen Japanese people get spooked by an earthquake until that point. Though I lived only 35 minutes from my house by train in Tokyo, it took 12 hours to get home. The main train provider JR, stopped their trains for the rest of the day. This was around 3pm on a Friday. I wondered around station to station looking at the people of Tokyo. It was unbelievable. Everyone, and I mean everyone had gone outside. I saw an old lady with her hair dyed standing in a towel, on the street. One of the amazing sights was to see how well prepared Japanese were for the Quake. Somehow thousands of people had helmets on 15 minutes after the quake had hit.
Around 9pm I heard that the metros were starting to run again. So I made my way to Shibuya. When I transferred at 青山一丁目 it was so packed that people were fainting. However the roads were blocked up, so no ambulance could move, thus they had to lay these people down like sardines in a small open area. This took over 5 hours.
Once I got on the train, it was so packed, that every time the doors would open at a new station, people would explode out of the train.
I finally got home from that crazy day around 3am. There were still heavy aftershocks, but besides my manga collection, everything was alright in my apartment.
Then the TEPCO stuff started.
When I was in Japan, Watching the Japanese TV, it seemed like everything was going alright. However when I would turn on my computer, I would get a completely different story from foreign reporters. My degree is in communications, and I have taken a lot of courses on media, But I can honestly say, I have no idea which side to believe. It became kinda spooky around Tokyo. All the convenient stores started running out of everything including water. However life continued, and I could still get a cheese burger down by my station. I stuck it out for about 3 days, but it just kept getting worse and worse. On facebook everyone started to post that they are leaving. By the 3rd day, it seemed like everyone was in a different country or down south. Of course my mom was panicking at this point. I would wake up to a 3am message from my mom that said:
Nuclear Meltdown, get out.
Of course she was freaking out. My Grandpa on the other hand, had kept a cool head for the first 3 days. On the forth day, I woke up to skype ringing. I turned it on, and My Grandpa looked me in the eyes, and said, "listen, if you need a ticket, I will buy it for your right now."
That is when I knew. Even if I didn't want to go, Even if the foreign media was blowing up the story, I had to go home because I was making my whole family worry. It wasn't about me anymore.
So I booked a ticket, got on the last train to the airport, and got out on Wednesday night @7:30PM.
To all my friends in Tokyo and Japan, I love you all, please be safe. If any of you need to get out of Japan, contact me. Japan is my home, and I want to return ASAP. I love Japan, and I love all my friends. I hope that everyone will be all right. Keep strong guys!