7 Days – A Diary of the Earthquake in Japan



Day 3: Sunday, March 13, 2011

“I woke up by another aftershock. Lying there, I tried to think of what I had to do that day, but I couldn’t think of anything, which left me feeling useless and lost.

In the afternoon, I met my ex-girlfriend for lunch at a restaurant. We immediately talked about how good it was to get out of the house and away from the TV. A few minutes later, another couple was seated next to us and had the exact same conversation. This is one of the rare times when 39 million people are all thinking about the same thing.

While we ate, I also kept thinking about how useless art is at times like these. I asked my ex if she could think of something, and she weakly replied, “I don’t know… For therapy?” That sounded nice, but I didn’t really believe it.

At home, another friend came over and told me that besides meat and bread, all the staple foods were now sold out at the supermarkets. He then ranted about how people were hoarding everything, which was selfish to others. Later we heard that in the next three days another big quake was supposed to hit. I seriously began to worry for the first time.”

– An excerpt from “7 Days” by Tokyo based photographer, Patrick Tsai.

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