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BLOG · 2019/06/03
I have uploaded my second essay in the page "ESSAYS." It is an English translation of a part from my book "Mother is Born," which is originally in Japanese. I am planning to share some other parts of this book in the following posts over the next few months. I'd also like to share happy news. The book "Mother is Born" was translated into Vietnamese and published in Vietnam last year, and another book of mine "Toroidal Island: Geopolitics of Trauma" has just been published in Chinese in Taiwan....
BLOG · 2019/04/19
I finally renewed my website! In the page "ALBUM," you'll see some of my favorite photos which I took when I visited my friends around the world. In the page "ESSAYS," you can also find essays from my books, which were originally written in Japanese and translated by my daughter. I'll try to upload one of my essays at least every two months. I'd also like to share one of my articles, "The Power of Compassion: Truth Telling Among American Doctors in the Care of Dying Patients," which I came...
BLOG · 2017/06/22
I have not been updating this blog for 4 years. So sorry, if you were waiting! It has been exhausting after the 2011 earthquake, and I've been busy. My book "Trauma" published in 2013 was very well received. There were nice book reviews in newspapers, and is starting to be considered a textbook on the subject. It was also translated into Korean and published! My new book "Mother is Born" was also published in 2016. This book will be translated in to Vietnamese and published soon. So exciting!...
BLOG · 2013/02/28
Hello, after a long silence! Second anniversary for the great earthquake is coming soon. I wanted you to know what was happening in Japan, so I wrote frequently in English on this website. I guess it was a kind of hyperarousal reaction. Then I got very exhausted. However, I published two books in Japanese since then. One is "Disaster trauma and restoration stress" (Iwanami Publisher 2011). I wrote it in order to let people know that not only the acute period but also the recovery process can be...
BLOG · 2011/05/24
<May 1- May 15> May is a very nice season: not cold, not hot, not humid. But there have been warnings of pretty big aftershocks. Some predictions are scientific (therefore general and vague), some are more psychic (more specific, but you never know how reliable they are) and some are based on animals' unusual behaviors (again, you never know how reliable). We are in Golden Week. It is a week long vacation with several holidays and weekends combined. Many people went to the disaster...
BLOG · 2011/05/15
<April 25-30> One of my students who took my course on "Trauma and Global Society" several years ago sent me an announcement of a symposium in May first. I did not know she is from Minami-sanriku-cho in Miyagi, one of the towns hit very hard by the Tsunami - 70% of the houses were destroyed. Luckily her house is on the hill and her immediate family is ok, but some of her friends and relatives are still missing. She remembered a small anecdote I mentioned in my course. A Tohoku specialist...
BLOG · 2011/05/10
<April 21-24> I happened to watch a TV program on trekking foot paths in the Lake District of England, remembering my walk with Gina, after Mike Lew's "Healing the Healers Workshop" in Yorkshire in 2003. I met a nice British woman, Gina, at the workshop and we became soul friends. I was planning to visit Gina with my children two years ago, but our schedules did not match and it was postponed. Now I would love to walk in nature without worrying about aftershocks or radiation. Then, what a...
BLOG · 2011/05/04
<April 18-20> The university is now in full gear. The unexpected long spring break due to the disaster is over. How will we remember this break in the future? Certainly not as enjoyable, but it was so dense. We experienced too much. We thought, decided, acted, and talked a lot. Our campus is full of students. I have to arrange reading assignments, prepare classes, orient new students, talk with students about their theses. It is nice to be back to the normal mode. Statistics of death...
BLOG · 2011/05/01
<April 13-17> I am back in Tokyo. Every time I am on the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo, I worry about a Tokai (Shizuoka and Nagoya area) earthquake. A huge Tokai earthquake has been expected for a long time, but the one in Tohoku came earlier. In Tokyo, we still get aftershocks almost everyday. I had one while I was seeing a patient who has lots of PTSD symptoms. We just sat there. I asked if she was ok. She said yes. She gets panicky when the room gets dark or being underground. But...
BLOG · 2011/04/26
<April 8-12> I am in Kobe and Osaka again. Escalators are working here! Wow! What a luxury! In Tokyo, there are no longer planned blackouts. But in order to save energy, most escalators are stopped and only elevators work for the disabled and the elderly. Carrying baggage is not easy. It is the most beautiful season in Japan. From Tokyo to Osaka by bullet train, I saw so many cherry blossoms. Usually people enjoy eating and drinking under cherry trees in this season. This year, people...

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