The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A short note about Japan

This is a short post in regards what happened to Japan a few days ago. It is totally unrelated food and travel, yet I felt I must say something because Japan is very dear to me, having lived there for 4 years before moving to Hong Kong. Part of me is glad we moved out of Tokyo a few months ago so that we didn't have to experience that earthquake, yet at the same time I wish I was back in Japan so that I could help somehow. Having experienced a major earthquake myself a few years ago, I can sort of relate with my friends who are on the east side of Japan at the moment, although you can't really compare the devastation because the Noto is a small area with a much smaller population and much lower buildings and structures. Seeing images of the earthquake aftermath and reading the news about the devastation is very sombering and depressing, yet it helps me to keep things in perspective that there are much bigger problems out there than my tiny little complaints about life. I do believe that Japan will recover very quickly (having witnessed it firsthand after the Noto earthquake), but it won't be any small feat. Help out where you can - this page lists 7 simple ways to help.


  1. Heartbreaking, but I agree with you, they'll recover fast. Thoughts and prayers are with them. And will past the word round bout ways we can help.

  2. Thank you! Every little bit counts.

  3. Hey, glad to see you guys are OK (I thought you's where still in Japan). After much stalking of Robert to find out if he's OK, I stumble here.

    This is Shayne, one of Roberts old friends. Can you please ask him to email me at shayne dot oneill at gmail ?

    Best regards to both of you.

  4. G'day Shayne, I have forwarded your message onto Rob. If you're on Facebook, perhaps you guys can re-connect there and keep updated with each other :)