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Essay from Riko: the Great East Japan Earthquake

My experience in the Great East Japan Earthquake

 
I was in the second grade at primary school. It was when I was copying next Monday's timetable and homework from the blackboard to my notebook. The earthquake occurred. The earth started shaking and we all hid under the desks following the teacher's instruction. I felt scared as the shake was long, but my friend was smiling me for some reason while holding the legs of desk.

Then, all students went to the gymnasium. I waited with a pounding heart and my grandfather came to pick me up. Leaving my school bag fallen on the floor in the classroom, I got into the car. The cars are arriving one after another, so it took us a long time to get out of the school parking. When finally we got out, the traffic was also slow, so we went back by another narrow path. A fallen wall blocked the path. My mother drove us to the kindergarten to pick up my brother. I was wondering why we did not go back home directly because I did not know yet that the tsunami would come later. I felt cold at night but it was a beautiful night with more stars than usual. We slept in the car.

We stayed at a shelter and on the fourth day, my father came back and gave us some candy. I found it absolutely delicious. I was glad that my father came back.

After spending several days at the shelter, we moved to my grandfather's house and 10 of us lived together. Having neither water nor no electricity, we received the water from water supply trucks, woke up with the sunrise and went to bed with the sunset. A grandmother, friend of my family living on a hill with the electricity cooked every day for us. Since my brother and I are food-allergenic, she made us what we could eat for all the family. As repeated strong aftershocks continued, we had the radio turned on all the time.

One month later, finally we had the running water and the electricity. We were really happy that we would be able to have a normal life and all the family sang and danced for joy.

The school has started and I received many relief supplies. They were delivered from not only Japan but also abroad. I changed schools. As we borrow a space from a junior high school, there is no playground equipment. We will be the last graduates from this school. It's the oldest primary school in Ishinomaki, but the number of students dropped after the disaster and they decided to merge schools. It was a primary school with a long history where my great grandmother, grandfather and grandmother attended. So, I was sad to hear that it would be closed. Recently, the last sports day took place. I would like to do my best to conclude each of school events successfully as a sixth-grade student as well as one of the last students.
 
June 2014, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
Riko Sakai
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