Here’s to You, Japan

Something I love about where I live geographically is that the weather is safe. By ”safe” I mean we do get the odd tail end of a hurricane, and in 2003 were hit pretty hard by hurricaine Juan, but those storms are few and far between. I never have to worry about tornadoes, something even the next province over has experienced, extreme heat or cold, tsunamis, drought, earthquakes…

I love where we live.

I cannot even imagine the devastation of having to deal with rebuilding an entire city, or country. I know there are many places in the world who have dealt with serious devastation thanks to Mother Nature, but this week in particular marks the third anniversary for the tsunami that annihilated Japan. Can you believe that it was three years ago this coming week, March 11th, that Japan was devastated by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake? Seriously where did the last three years go?

Almost 16,000 people have been confirmed dead and now Japan is in a state of rebuilding. A huge portion of Japan’s economy was destroyed. I think now more than ever Japan will depend on the tourism industry to bring the huge influx of cash to the country that will set the footings for the rest of the economic growth.

I have to be honest, until watching the Sochi winter Olympics, I didn’t realize how competitive Japan was in terms of winter sport. Yes, I realize the winter Olympics of Nagano was hosted there in 1998 but I’m an idiot obviously. I think of speed skating and swimming when I think of Japanese athletes, I overlooked how strong they are in other sports like skiing. Much against my geography-buff/husband’s wishes, I am pretty ignorant when it comes to most things geographic in the Eastern part of the world. I didn’t realize how mountainous the island of Japan was. Or how strong their winter tourism was. Resorts such as the beautiful Niseko skiing area offer great skiing conditions, beautiful views and relaxing atmosphere.

My hope is that with the successes Japan had at the Olympics and the positive aspirations for the country, the tourism industry will be able to help offset some of the devastation the country has gone through. I hate seeing people suffer and what Japan has gone through in terms of dealing with many natural disasters (Kobe comes to mind as well), it is my hope the tenacity of their people preservers.

Japan is somewhere I hope to visit one day, but for now I will live in the comfort of my safe little province. Where we are geographically located in such a way we seem to be safe from most things Mother Nature whips up.


  1. I remember that elderly engineers volunteered to venture back into the radioactive plants in place of younger colleagues. Talk about sacrifice.

    I’m planning on visiting Japan in a few months after a gap of almost 10 years, and can’t wait to rediscover this beautiful country.
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  2. This hit home for me. I spent a decent chunk of my adolescent years growing up in Japan (Kobe specifically) and it is what I still consider home. It is absolutely amazing what the country has endured in the last decades (both natural and non-natural disasters) and how they have survived and thrived as a culture and people. I have nothing but the utmost respect for my former home.

    Plus, they have some kick ass ski resorts!
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  3. Japan is definitely on my bucket list – not concerned about health or anything, it’s just a matter of time and money.
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  4. Also meant to say that’s one thing I love about living in Auckland – we’re pretty immune from storms, floods, quakes, definitely fires, etc.
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  5. Aside from Paris, Japan is my dream country that I really, really want to visit. I remember before my father told me that of all the countries that he had visited Japan is the cleanest.
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  6. I lived in Japan for 2 years as a little kid and my first memories are of Okinawa. I returned to Japan as an adult and it was fabulous! I can’t wait to go again.
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