So What’s wrong with Foreigners Leaving Tokyo – More should do it!

Despite all you hear to the contrary, Gaijin leaving Tokyo at the midst of the earthquake/tsunami/radiation hysteria is a good thing.
 
I packed up my granola bars and long underwear and took off to volunteer in one of the most severely afflicted areas of Northern Ibaraki Prefecture, bordering Fukushima. After a long day I sit in a village inn, the only one in the area with an empty room, nursing my sore back and thinking of the 200 bags of rice,

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600 boxes of water and 200 futon that we carried

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– side by side Ibaraki mothers, students, day laborers, city officials, restaurant owners and other just plain folks I listened to that lovely thick Ibaraki dialect as we lifted, carried, packed, and most of all, we laughed a lot.
 
Maybe we Gaijin should all leave Tokyo more often.

 

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