For those of us far away, the natural disasters first struck Japan more than a month ago, and we move on. But for the Japanese people, the reality of this tragedy continues to be as immediate as this very moment. I'd watched so many videos of these captured minutes of a waking nightmare, and I was deeply moved by the sorrowful images of people in fear and despair and a beautiful land struck by devastation. There was one image captured by a Japanese photographer of a man who'd lost his life, lying in the rubble of a deserted town. It was powerful, and it is an image I will not forget.
Today I wear red.
Cherry blossoms fill my heart;
Japan's on my mind.
Taking these photos for the moving pictures was a lot of fun because my brother helped me out (you can check out his photo blog here). So I got a little break from my usual routine of snapping the picture, running into place and position in 10 seconds, running back to the camera, checking the picture, and starting all over again. I have to tell you, those photography acrobatics were getting a little tricky in those '40's-looking sandals I was wearing, especially since I was trying to be careful with them!
And how about those glasses? They used to belong to my mom when she was in college! (I know, I know- I'm mooching again, I know) I'd been searching for a second pair of glasses for a while, and one day, my mom was rummaging noisily around her room when I suddenly heard her yell in triumph, "Aha!" "Aha" always gets me excited, so I ran over to see what she'd found. Ca-ching! Jackpot! Glasses from with super huge plastic frames, just the way I like them, and from the '70s, no less! And wait, it gets even better; my mom said they were called "owl glasses," and of course, this made me love them even more. Ah yes, definitely a very nice surprise!
Have you found anything super cool lately?
❤ Claudia ❤