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 Home, at last!




Paris, Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg)
 
Hi, I hope you are doing fine. 

I finally managed to leave Tokyo and to go back home to Paris. I should have come back to my country on the 29th of March but considering the circumstances (earthquake + problems at the Fukushima power plant) the French Embassy has urged all the French citizens living in Japan (particularly in the North and in Tokyo) to leave the country as fast as possible. It wasn't very easy because all the flights were full, full, FULL. After several failed attempts to get a flight and a night spent at Narita Airport (with incredibly funny and completely drunk Chinese people), I'm finally at home, in Paris.
 
I would like to thank all the people who wrote me and who were worried about me. Communicating in the last couple of days (even this whole week!) wasn't very easy for me so sorry if I didn't answer your comments or your emails. My mail box and LJ inbox are full but I will try to take the time to answer to everybody this weekend. Thank you so much Flist! 
 
This morning, the situation in Fukushima seems to get a little bit better, let's hope it will continue. Don't worry if you still have family and friend in Japan, the medias are describing the situation there as if Tokyo was going to be destroyed by a "Akira-style" nuclear explosion and that Japan was gonna suffer from a nuclear winter followed by a zombie apocalypse. It's bullshit. It's just to sell more paper and to raise the audience rates. Those bastards have created a real panic abroad, my parents and friends thinking I was gonna die because of the radiations!!!  The main problems in Tokyo when I left (on March 19th) were electricity (there were still power cuts), transportations (some lines didn't work properly still because of electricity problems) and food (the combinis were almost empty but it depends on the place you are and apparently, it also seems to get better so nobody is gonna die of hunger). Everything else is working properly, kids go to school, post offices are ok, taxis, etc...

If you want to know what is really happening in Japan, read BLOGS of foreign students living there, they are a more reliable source of infos than the traditional medias.  
 
I'm sure it's gonna be fine (eventually, let's HOPE so), Japanese people have handled the situation so far with a great sense of organization and CALM. In addition, they were extremely prepared.

Voilà, that's all I can tell you!
See you soon (Tuesday or Wednesday) and thanks again! 
petite_madame: (Default)
 Home, at last!




Paris, Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg)
 
Hi, I hope you are doing fine. 

I finally managed to leave Tokyo and to go back home to Paris. I should have come back to my country on the 29th of March but considering the circumstances (earthquake + problems at the Fukushima power plant) the French Embassy has urged all the French citizens living in Japan (particularly in the North and in Tokyo) to leave the country as fast as possible. It wasn't very easy because all the flights were full, full, FULL. After several failed attempts to get a flight and a night spent at Narita Airport (with incredibly funny and completely drunk Chinese people), I'm finally at home, in Paris.
 
I would like to thank all the people who wrote me and who were worried about me. Communicating in the last couple of days (even this whole week!) wasn't very easy for me so sorry if I didn't answer your comments or your emails. My mail box and LJ inbox are full but I will try to take the time to answer to everybody this weekend. Thank you so much Flist! 
 
This morning, the situation in Fukushima seems to get a little bit better, let's hope it will continue. Don't worry if you still have family and friend in Japan, the medias are describing the situation there as if Tokyo was going to be destroyed by a "Akira-style" nuclear explosion and that Japan was gonna suffer from a nuclear winter followed by a zombie apocalypse. It's bullshit. It's just to sell more paper and to raise the audience rates. Those bastards have created a real panic abroad, my parents and friends thinking I was gonna die because of the radiations!!!  The main problems in Tokyo when I left (on March 19th) were electricity (there were still power cuts), transportations (some lines didn't work properly still because of electricity problems) and food (the combinis were almost empty but it depends on the place you are and apparently, it also seems to get better so nobody is gonna die of hunger). Everything else is working properly, kids go to school, post offices are ok, taxis, etc...

If you want to know what is really happening in Japan, read BLOGS of foreign students living there, they are a more reliable source of infos than the traditional medias.  
 
I'm sure it's gonna be fine (eventually, let's HOPE so), Japanese people have handled the situation so far with a great sense of organization and CALM. In addition, they were extremely prepared.

Voilà, that's all I can tell you!
See you soon (Tuesday or Wednesday) and thanks again! 
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I'm fine (thank you Flist ♥) but Japan is not :/

 
 Hi Flist

I would like to thank all the people who contacted me via PMs, comments and emails after yesterday's earthquake to see if I were ok. Well, I should say earthquakeS because we had more than 30 aftershocks since the main earthquake so far including a pretty big one this morning at 4:00am. The earth is still moving, every ten minutes or so. Sometimes you can hardly feel it and sometimes it's strong enough to make the screen of my computer vibrate.

As far as I am concerned, I really can't complain. I'm safe, at home, I have electricity, food, I had no problem to communicate with my family and the situation in my district, Setagaya is quite OK. However, in the rest of Tokyo, things are more difficult. A lot of people slept in department stores and stations because trains were not working. Some subway lines started to work again this morning so now people are slowly going back home. There're a lot of fire alerts, a good part of the town doesn't have electricity anymore and the situation concerning some nuclear power stations is alarming. 

The situation in Tokyo is serious but it's nothing compared to the north of the country, in the Miyagi prefecture, where the tsunami flooded a good part of Sendai. According to the television, 413 people died and 784 are still missing. (Tokyo time - 2:00pm)

When the earthquake happened, I was at home. For once, I took a day off and was hanging out in my pajamas, drawing some stuffs and this was precisely the moment where the earthquake started. At the beginning I didn't move (as usual) but I rapidly felt that this earthquake was special. I took my "earthquake bag" (with food, a lamp, money, a blanket) and I left my house in my pajamas (and no shoes ). Everybody was outside, safe, but a part of the roof of the lobby colapsed (nothing serious, just some broken glass). One of my neighbors was less lucky. The poor guy (from Georgia) jumped out of the window after a panic attack. It was his first earthquake. Apparently, he "just" broke his leg. Considering that he landed on concrete, a broken leg is not that bad. 
 
I still haven't had the time to answer to everybody so far but I really wanted to thank you. 
 
I hope that if you have family in Japan, Hawaii, everywhere else the tsunami/earthquake stroke, your loved ones are safe. 

Just keep in mind that telephones are not working in a good part of the country and that it's hard to contact people even in Tokyo. 
 
Take care.
See you soon ♥
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I'm fine (thank you Flist ♥) but Japan is not :/

 
 Hi Flist

I would like to thank all the people who contacted me via PMs, comments and emails after yesterday's earthquake to see if I were ok. Well, I should say earthquakeS because we had more than 30 aftershocks since the main earthquake so far including a pretty big one this morning at 4:00am. The earth is still moving, every ten minutes or so. Sometimes you can hardly feel it and sometimes it's strong enough to make the screen of my computer vibrate.

As far as I am concerned, I really can't complain. I'm safe, at home, I have electricity, food, I had no problem to communicate with my family and the situation in my district, Setagaya is quite OK. However, in the rest of Tokyo, things are more difficult. A lot of people slept in department stores and stations because trains were not working. Some subway lines started to work again this morning so now people are slowly going back home. There're a lot of fire alerts, a good part of the town doesn't have electricity anymore and the situation concerning some nuclear power stations is alarming. 

The situation in Tokyo is serious but it's nothing compared to the north of the country, in the Miyagi prefecture, where the tsunami flooded a good part of Sendai. According to the television, 413 people died and 784 are still missing. (Tokyo time - 2:00pm)

When the earthquake happened, I was at home. For once, I took a day off and was hanging out in my pajamas, drawing some stuffs and this was precisely the moment where the earthquake started. At the beginning I didn't move (as usual) but I rapidly felt that this earthquake was special. I took my "earthquake bag" (with food, a lamp, money, a blanket) and I left my house in my pajamas (and no shoes ). Everybody was outside, safe, but a part of the roof of the lobby colapsed (nothing serious, just some broken glass). One of my neighbors was less lucky. The poor guy (from Georgia) jumped out of the window after a panic attack. It was his first earthquake. Apparently, he "just" broke his leg. Considering that he landed on concrete, a broken leg is not that bad. 
 
I still haven't had the time to answer to everybody so far but I really wanted to thank you. 
 
I hope that if you have family in Japan, Hawaii, everywhere else the tsunami/earthquake stroke, your loved ones are safe. 

Just keep in mind that telephones are not working in a good part of the country and that it's hard to contact people even in Tokyo. 
 
Take care.
See you soon ♥

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