Lives lost, families uprooted, business and jobs gone, psychological trauma still being fathomed…
For those of us not present, we can only thank our lucky stars.
In the ensuing five years, despite the doom and gloom often discussed through social media, there have been numerous instances of triumph and perseverance.
My own good friend Vinnie… he is a doer… regularly taking his own money (and he's not a rich man), going out and purchasing easy-to-read and understand English books and donating them to libraries et al in areas severely decimated by the tsunami.
That earthquake was bad… but the tsunami did far more damage.
Anyhow… good on people like Vinnie, who continue to define the phrase human being in the best light possible.
Here in Toronto, JETAA Toronto is presenting the Canadian premiere of the documentary Tohoku Tomo… that tells the story of true friendship and commitment to Japan's recovery that sprung from the international community following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Director Wesley Julian, a JET alumnus, will be flying in from Chicago for the event, and will be participating in a question and answer panel following the film along with KK Miller and Jon Hoi, JETAA Toronto members featured in the film.
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, Screening at 7:00 pm
Location: Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto)
Tickets: $10 online at https://tohokutomotoronto.eventbrite.ca/ and at the door
JETAA Special Offer: Use discount code 'JETAATO' to save $2 on your ticket.
For more information, visit website. Follow the event on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/963483947069193/.