East Japan Earthquake    March 11, 2011

On-site report
A letter from victim

September 1, 2011

We received a letter from Mr. K who attended our concert on August 15th.


To All Kick Back Cafe Staff,
Thank you for putting on the concert and serving food on the 15th.

For the last 5 months I have had a lot of things going through my head. The day of the earthquake and tsunami, I lost many things. My house, car, possessions, irreplaceable items, friends and relatives were swept away. I know my friends and relative will never return, but I was having trouble moving on. When I heard the song "Taisetsu na Hitoyo" (To a Dear Person) on the 15th, I realized I should erase all the contact information of those I lost from my cell phone in order to help me move on.

Life has been busy with little time for rest. Honestly, I wanted to escape from this place. The concert encouraged me to keep pressing on and doing what needs to be done here.

Starting this September I will get back into tennis and playing music with the band I belong to. I imagine I will be busy at work until January, but I want to maintain a good attitude, so I can welcome you with open arms the next time you come up here.

I wish you all the best on your upcoming L.A. tour.
Take care,

On-site Report ----------------------

Kana's Hometown
A building stands in the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011.

Rikuzen-Takata:5,000 Homes Under Water and 15,000 People Missing

On March 12th, the Self Defense Force of Japan started its rescue efforts of most all of the households of the city of Rikuzen-Takata that has been demolished by the recent earthquakes which is estimated at 5,000. From the rescue efforts in Takata area, the most damaged area, 52 bodies were recovered on the 12th, and on the 13th, 114 more bodies, totaling 166 in the 2 days. The rescue effort, however, has been slowed because of the debris blocking all traffic to the city whose population is 23,000. According to the task force of the city, roughly 8,000 people are staying in emergency evacuated areas. The city is doing what they can to locate the the rest of the population. The City Hall, a 4-story building, was engulfed by the tsunami and out of 300 workers there, the whereabouts of 100 employees hav not been determined. Also, the city resident registry has been lost causing difficulty in identifying who the victims are.
There has been some positive news as the Self Defense Force of Japan has been successful rescuing 37 people isolated from roofs of buildings. Rescue efforts will continue. (March 13, 7:48PM(JST), NHK)



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