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“Where you from?” I was asked repeatedly while in Bali and Thailand for the last two months. Strangely enough, my two friends (two obviously not Asian types who, like me, were from America) rarely got asked this question.
“Japan?” “Korea?” “Thailand?” the guesses came. “Nepal?” “Peru?” came more guesses everywhere I went! (Strange how very few guessed Chinese!)
People seemed fascinated that I looked Asian, but had an American accent and acted like a tourist. For some reason, the concept of an Asian-American seemed so foreign.
Where did this mysterious Asian come from?! That seemed to be the burning question in almost everyone’s mind!
Eventually they would nod in understanding if I felt sorry enough for their puzzlement and told them that my parents were Chinese.
“Ah, Chinese!” they would say, as a their foreheads smoothed out and they happily sighed with relief from having solved this modern mystery.
Unfortunately, my patience wore off so I left some still wondering about my origins. (They shouldn’t feel so bad since even my parents think I look like a Korean!)
On March 11, when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked the northeastern coast of Japan, most people on the island of Oshima scrambled for higher ground while fisherman 68-year-old Susumu Sugawara jumped into Sunflower, his trusty fishing boat of 42 years, and headed out deep to sea to meet the giant waves head-on.
Says Sugawara to CNN, “I knew if I didn’t save my boat, my island would be isolated and in trouble.”
As he passed the fishermaen’s abalone boats, Sugawara waved good-bye, apologizing that he couldn’t save them all, though he had no way of knowing if he’d even be able to save himself from nature’s devastating fury.
When the first wave rolled towards him, Sugawara was stunned by the magnitude of this wave. Many times he’d encountered 16 foot waves but this one was at least four times that size.
“My feeling at this moment is indescribable,” he told CNN. “I talked to my boat and said you’ve been with me 42 years. If we live or die, then we’ll be together. Then I pushed on full throttle.”
Sugawara described what happened next: “The wave was like a mountain. I started climbing and when I got to the top, the wave started breaking. Time and time again I knew I had to break free. Finally I closed my eyes and felt dizzy. When I opened them, I could see the horizon again, so I knew I’d made it.”
Others from Oshima attempted the same incredible feat in their boats, but none are known to have survived. Eventually Sugawara found himself carefully navigating back to his devastated island in total darkness with the fires raging in the town of Kesunnuma three miles away as his only guide.
From that day on and for twenty days, Sugawara and Sunflower made hourly trips to the mainland. According to CNN, the pair were the only salvation to the mainland for the first two weeks following the catastrophe. Without them, Oshima would have been completely cut off. Sugawara doesn’t ask his passengers for money if they have none. For those who can afford to chip in, he only asked for $3.50 for fuel.
Tadaomi Sasahara, owner of Oshima’s supermarket, told CNN that he gave away all the food in his store. Islanders, he said, shared what food they had in their homes with each other. Sasahara now makes runs to the mainland with Sugawara and Sunflower.
“Everyone used to look out for themselves on this island,” he told CNN. “But after this, the whole community is now helping each other.”
From great tragedy often comes great heroism, and Sugawara and Sunflower will certainly be remembered among the heroes of what was one of Japan’s darkest hours.
How do you face unexpected tragedy when it strikes? Will you face it head on and help others, or will you complain or run away? Let’s all be inspired by this brave and selfless fisherman to think of the common good instead of ourselves!
This video is from CNN, broadcast Sunday, April 3, 2011.
Below is a special message from renowned Japanese scientist, Dr. Masaru Emoto, who brought attention to the power of thought/prayer on water crystals. He has a special request for assistance tomorrow noon (March 31, 2011).
If this message resonates with you, please lend your intentions also. Remember to center and ground and set the intention for the highest good.
To All People Around the World,
Please send your prayers of love and gratitude to water at the nuclear plants in Fukushima, Japan!
By the massive earthquakes of magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis, more than 10,000 people are still missing…even now… It has been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes it worse is that water at the reactors of Fukushima nuclear plants started to leak, and it’s contaminating the ocean, air and water molecules of the surrounding areas.
Human wisdom has not been able to do much to solve the problem, but we are only trying to cool down the anger of radioactive materials in the reactors by discharging water to them.
Is there really nothing else to do?
I think there is. During over twenty year research of hado measuring and water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration of human prayer no matter how far away it is.
Energy formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that Energy = number of people and the square of people’s consciousness.
Now is the time to understand the true meaning. Let us all join the prayer ceremony as fellow citizens of the planet earth.
I would like to ask all people, not just in Japan, but all around the world to please help us to find a way out the crisis of this planet.
The prayer procedure is as follows…
Name of ceremony: “Let’s send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima.”
Day and Time:
March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone
Please say the following phrase: “The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and we love you.”
Please say it aloud or in your mind.
Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position.
The images and stories from Japan have moved the Chopra Center to set up a powerful meditation to help the courageous people in Japan.
On Monday, March 21 – join Deepak as he guides us in a powerful meditation, sending our collective love and healing energy to those affected by the recent and ongoing tragic events in Japan. The meditation will begin at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern), 7:30 p.m. (Central), and 5:30 p.m. (Pacific).
To join in this global healing meditation broadcasted live, click here.
Our individual intentions truly do make a difference. Collectively, we can make a world of difference. Join us in uniting our intentions for our friends in Japan . . .