A collection of hope: Stories of survival & warmth from Japan.


We’ve all heard and seen the news coming out of Japan.  Most of it is pretty objective and factual, though it comes off as very negative.  But here’s a collection of a some of the stories of hope and survival I’ve encountered in the past few days, please enjoy especially to those heartbroken ones with family and friends in Japan.

A girl, wrapped in a blanket, stands to look on tsunami damaged town at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011 Photograph by: Yomiuri Shimbun / AFP / Getty Images, Yomiuri Shimbun / AFP / Getty Images

Japanese study abroad student finds family alive on YouTube
Footage by CNN

60-year-old Japanese man survives… tsunami by floating on his roof
As seen on thelydes.blogs.nytimes.com

Ann Curry, tweets help find woman in missing tsunami
Footage by The Today Show
Check out the video here.

Signs of ‘HELP’ and ‘SOS‘ are written on the ground of Ohara Primary School in Ishinomaki
Photo by Kyodo News/Reuters

Miracle of the baby girl plucked from the rubble: Four-month-old reunited with father after incredible rescue
By Ricard Shears
The sound of a baby’s cry amid the rubble seemed so impossible that soldiers searching a tsunami-smashed village dismissed it as a mistake.  But it came again. And they realised they had not been hearing things.They pulled away wood and slate, dug back thick oozing mud – and there was the child they were to describe as a ‘tiny miracle’.  Read more full story.

Grandpa says let’s rebuild after being rescued
As seen on Mamesoku.com
An elderly man trapped in his house was rescued after for 3 days.  He says in a strong voice, “I am fine.  I experienced the 1960 tsunami, so I am fine.  Let’s rebuild again!” –gotta love this guy’s positive attitude.

Man reunited with dog
As seen on The Daily What

Nuclear plant workers turn into heros
As seen on CNN

–Bravery in spite of adversity reflects the true heroism of these so called faceless 200 or so workers known as the Fukushima 50.

Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble
By Brett Michael Dykes

Here is an English translation of the voiceover exchange between the two reporters in the clip (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura) or check out the clip on CNN:

  • We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.
  • He has a collar. He must be someone’s pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.
  • Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.
  • Where?
  • Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.
  • The dog is protecting him.
  • Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.
  • I can’t watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.
  • Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.
  • Yes! Yes! He is alive.
  • He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.
  • Oh good. He’s getting up.
  • It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It’s just amazing that they survived through this all.

UPDATE: CNN and the UK Telegraph have both reported that the dogs have been rescued since the footage aired, and are both receiving veterinary care; the more seriously wounded dog is at a clinic in the city of Mito, while the protective spaniel-type dog is receiving care at a shelter in the same town.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for sharing, it’s a nice change of pace from the videos of destruction. Pretty amazing how the girl found her family on youtube.


  2. […] Anyway… I didn’t intend to post on that, but it’s not a bad thing to reflect on one’s heritage.  I’m grateful it’s Friday night and that me and my loved ones are safe, warm, and fed.  We’re a week out from Japan’s earthquake/tsunami event and it’s still on-going with the nuclear meltdown scare as we all watch daily.  We also hear of the recovery efforts being slow.  I can only imagine!  Thankfully, since my last post, there have been several stories of hope and the miraculous.  If you haven’t seen them, check out a few here: https://brandonsuyeoka.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/a-collection-of-hope-stories-of-survival-warmth-from-… […]


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