I met with my French tutor today after my first class. After making my way from campus to L’Alliance Française I stopped at the coffeeshop next door where I usually stay while I’m waiting, but it was packed. Since it was lunchtime and the sushi restaurant down the street had just opened I decided to wait there instead. I sat at the sushi bar and looked at the sheet on top of their regular menu, which announced a special sushi roll they created after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month. It’s only $10 a roll and half of that is going to relief efforts. What a cool thing for a sushi restaurant to do! So of course this was part of my order.

It was while I was there that I saw an update on Twitter about the earthquake that took place today. It’s so heartbreaking to hear about all that is happening in Japan right now and I just want them to have some relief! I haven’t had a chance to visit Japan yet, but it’s a country that captured my heart and my attention when I was a little girl. I was about five or six when my family hosted an exchange student from Japan. Satoko and I hit it off well and became “sisters” while she stayed with us. We kept in touch for years afterward, losing contact after we started e-mailing instead of sending letters and both of us went through a few e-mail address changes. While we haven’t been in touch for a few years now, she has never been far from my mind, even more so throughout the past month. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan.


  1. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    It is heartbreaking indeed… My heart goes out for all those affected

  2. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    May 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Chrissa, me thinks this blog needs an update!! 😉


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