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It started with sway. No shock, no abrupt up and down. As an architect I have some interest and knowledge on earthquakes. P-wave, S-wave, distance to a seismic center and so on. This time it was somehow a strange start.
When the earthquake happened, I was watching TV. The quakes started as soft sway without P-wave shock. The swaying increased. Increased. Increased. My TV was nearly falling down. I went to the TV and held it with my both hands. I have my PC monitor standing next to TV standing back-to-back. The monitor was swaying very much. I held it with my right hand, keeping TV with my left hand. Just over the monitor, my PC itself was also swaying. My both hands were occupied. Finally my PC fell.
After the long strong sway had been calmed down I realized one of my bookshelves, I had designed, made and built two exactly identical ones, was fallen down. All the books were scattered. The bookshelves were fastened to their back side walls. The fallen one had been screwed to a wall and its plugs got loosen and went off. It must have given a loud noise, but my flat had been filled with all sorts of loud noises. My refrigerator moved 10cm. Sliding windows were open 30cm. Electricity, water and telephone were O.K.. The gas system was stopped by the automatic safety valve. The gas returned in a couple of hours. My kitchen and cupboard with its contents, a wall clock and plates hung on walls, showed its usual appearances. My studio had had a lot of paper stuffs in all different sizes piled everywhere and many small things such as stationeries on top. All of them fell down and made a new heap on the spot where I used to be.
When I was picking up the scattered papers, stationeries, tomato salads and broken pieces of Jingdenzhen porcelain, up in the north of Tokyo, Tohoku region was attacked by the gigantic TSUNAMI.
I felt helpless and feared. It was so quiet. I didn$B!G(Bt know what happened with my neighbors. Their doors were closed. Did they have chaos or just normal fine life? How were those sky-scrapers in down town? How were the subways?
When our surroundings had been totally changed, we were lost. Each of us has one$B!G(Bs own life space. It is like a piece of puzzle set. When the piece fits nicely in the puzzle pattern, you are content. It is nice feeling to be a member of your community.
Today, people in the world are observing and perceiving Japan. How will Japanese form a new piece of puzzle to fit in the major puzzle, the globe? If we believe our new piece, and if it does not fit, we will be in trouble. Right now the communication is so fatally important.