Sunday, October 2, 2011

Japan: After the quake.

A short thought about Japan:

It's been more than 6 months since I was last in Japan and definitely, not since the dreadful quake followed by the near Armageddon-ish nuclear meltdown incident.  And it's great to see everything back in full swing.  The neon lights may have deemed a little but not the people's spirit.  It is unbroken.  One thing for sure, Japan did not and will never give up on fashion :) Just walking on the streets today is a serious breath of fresh air - being fully immersed in design, art and creativity - everywhere.  I'm glad to be back.  Besides, which other Asian country can you find more blondes than perhaps some Western country?  It has to be Japan.

If there was anything that was truly distinctive that I noticed was a new found sense of nationalism amongst the community here.  JAL has a new in-flight song that's composed specifically to stir the spirit, everywhere you go, you see shops selling merchandises to support the speedy recovery of Japan, commercials promoting this country is back in full swing, inviting support from its global neighbours near and far.  I suppose, if there's a silver lining at all in this dark cloud that hovered (and perhaps is still hovering) on top of this land, it would be the true binding spirit that is holding everyone together.  I wish we needn't have to go through such disastrous hardship to find kinship amongst our own kind.  I pray for no such incident in Malaysia.  I wish we could learn to appreciate each other and our country without having to go through the same ordeal.  Really.

Anyway, I've been awake for close to 24 hours now and am feeling a little floaty.  I shall blog more in due time, provided if work allows - it's a packed schedule.  So, am sending power, encouragement and love from Japan if you need em' for whatever reason. I hope you could catch it ;)

Cheers and goodnight.