3/11: Remembering Those Killed And Displaced by the Earthquake, Tsunami, and the Ongoing Nuclear Disaster in Tohoku, Japan

This Japanese documentary is about a Japanese man who sets up a phone booth in his garden as an invitation to those who are mourning family missing after the tsunami of March 11, 2011.  The public radio mainstay, This American Life, produced an audio version of this story in English in 2016, which I’ll link below

 https://www.thisamericanlife.org/597/one-last-thing-before-i-go

This is a really powerful story about the bonds of family tested by world-historic disaster.  Spoiler alert: family wins!  But you may need a box of tissues to get through these tear-jerker docs.

I want to say that the major theme of this story– a metaphysical connection that defies space, time and death– is one that appears in a lot of great Japanese pop culture as well, most recently, the animation and manga, “Kimi no na ha” is a teenage romantic twist that was very commercially successful.

Iva Toguri D’Aquino – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Iva Toguri D’Aquino – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Just heard a great podcast about Iva Toguri D’Aquino’s life at Stuff You Missed In History Class.  A lot of the information about her trial in the U.S. is really infuriating.  Thankfully she was ultimately pardoned by Gerald Ford.  But still.  She has an interesting story.  Her life is an excellent example of how people’s lives just don’t fit into boundaries of Nationality or race.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this since I listened to this past weeks’ This American Life, which featured a story about The Real Housewife of Ciudad Juarez as well as some writing from an Arab Israeli living in West Jerusalem.  It’s got me thinking about how my family and I will have to navigate present-day injustices stemming from the way Nations exclude people.