Hello ATS, I don't know how many of you remember that I was here in Tokyo during the earthquake and subsequent events last year. To provide a brief
rundown, I was doing missionary work in Tokyo at the time and stayed for a few weeks after, but being rather badly "rattled" (ha-ha) I had a kind of
nervous collapse plus became worried about the radiation and other things, so I returned back to the USA, my home, and worked as a clothing
salesperson in a mall for most of the year since then.
Now I have returned to Tokyo after being very fortunate to get a job teaching English in Japan (a common job for foreigners here). I am very happy to
be back! I will be here for at least a year if all goes well!
Last night I had dinner with Mr. Silent Thunder
, an ATS member whose business takes
him back and forth between Tokyo and Vladivostok, Russia pretty frequently. Mr. Thunder was a real generous gentleman to take me out to a fancy
welcome dinner in Ginza, for which I thank him!!! It was just about the best meal I've had in months, yearrs, maybe ever. Very
tasty! Thanks Silent!
Mr. Thunder and I had a long talk in which he stated that he had a more or less negative experience last year "reporting from Tokyo" for ATS during
the events of 2011, and he wants no part of doing that anymore, but I have a slightly different feeling about things, so I will be happy to answer
questions, put up photos when I can, and generally make myself available to do legwork checking things out around Tokyo for ATS, if you guys want. I
have a small dosimeter geiger counter so I can take readings from the air and will be doing so while I'm here. Thus far, my readings have been normal.
I will tell you if it gets dangerous! Of course I cant measure the food and water this way, which makes me nervous. But it is a risk I decided to
So, this thread will be about my experiences here. Like I said, I'll be answering questions and checking things out for anyone who is interested, but
I have come up with a few ground-rules, so here they are:
- I'm kind of busy so if I don't get to your questions or can't answer them, please have some understanding.
- I'm poor, I don't have the money to be running all over the place checking things out. It's a pretty spartan gig I have for myself, I can barely
feed myself on the cheap salary they offfer but I'm not complaining! At least I have a job in a place I want to be, right? But my mobility is
- I'm not going to try to prove I'm here, because its impossible. This is the key lesson Mr. Thunder taught me. You either believe it or you don't.
And I don't want to give out info that could compromise my privacy. I will, however, be putting up some photos, probably starting tomorrow. I hope you
guys like them!
I really want to try to get as close to Fukushima as possible by taking a train-trip up there but it will probably be a while before I can do that, so
I'm basically stuck in Tokyo now (not a bad place to be stuck!
OK, that's all for now. My job starts real soon and I'm excited! See you guys later, love, gaijin-house-living partygirl.
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