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I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pray for Japan

I know this post is a little late but I still want to express my deepest sorrow for what had happened to Japan. I woke up on Friday morning and the first text I got was from my cousin, Vian, that there had been an earthquake and tsunami in Japan. At the time, it didn't fully sink into my head. I acknowledged it but it did not affect me fully until later on that day.

Towards the night after I finished my classes, I read on a full article on Yahoo about what had happened. I started to dread. Later when I was on my was home in the subway, I kept tearing up every time I thought about it. I couldn't believe what had happened.

Saturday, my internet finally connected so I was able to watch this video made by my favourite Youtuber, Philip DeFranco, about Japan.

This got me sad all over again. Earlier, I looked at photos on Facebook that were taken of during and the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. I finally broke down into full tears (I am still crying as I make this post). I am an emotional person and even though I have no one I know in Japan, this still affects me deeply.

Ever since grade 6 when I was introduced to anime and manga, Japan was always a part of me in some way. I have enjoyed their entertainment from dramas to mangas. I dreamed so much about one day going there, having the best time of my life and creating memories that would last forever. Japan was always that magical country of culture and history that I would love to be apart of. To know that the actors I've watched, mangakas I know about, and just everyone in Japan are in such a devastating state puts me in a similar position to those trying to get in contact with their loved ones. I badly just want to jump on a plane and fly over to help as much as I can, to do something in some way. But that is not possible and all I can do is pray. Pray for those with missing loved ones to be found. Pray for a better tomorrow. Pray for Japan.
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Liviania said...

There are relief organizations which could use even small donations.

But yeah, I'm praying too.

MissA said...

What a great post. I'm definitely going to donate something, although I have little money. Thank you for writing this. I think I'm going to do a week of reviews about Japan (YA/MG books set in Japan or about Japanese-Americans). Something small but I'll include links to aid organizations.

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Holly said...

I will definitely hold the people of Japan in my prayers. When tragedies like these occur, my heart aches for the people affected.