The first question people usually ask when they discover we were in Japan at the time the 3.11 earthquake struck is “What was it like?”
In an attempt to answer this very question, great friend and fellow writer J. C. Greenway has recently published an excellent book by the name of The Teas That Bind detailing her experiences from the time of the earthquake through to the one-year anniversary.
It is a unique and personal account that draws on posts from her blog ten minutes hate, tweets, emails to family and friends, her subsequent experiences volunteering in the disaster zone, and the power of a cuppa tea.
It is a rare collection that captures the strange bumbling along of time post-earthquake from the perspective of a foreigner living in Tokyo. While the author doesn’t attempt to generalize her experiences as collective ones, I could relate to a lot of what she described and I’m sure others who were here can too.
If you are interested in reading a real on-the-ground account without all the Western media hype, then this is a must-read.