3.14.2011

March 11, 2011

It started off as a beautiful day..


I had planned to go out to Shibuya to buy a birthday present for my friend, in time for a dinner and bowling party that was planned for later on that evening..


2:40PM.




My room started to shake and all of the shelves began to rattle. A terrifying low rumble kept getting louder and louder..

I immediately reached for my phone to call my sister..(it was a miracle I got through to her)
We exchanged "I'm OK"s, but the line was cut off before I could say anything else..

I called my mother a second later (she's currently in Okinawa), but was unable to get through to her..


The room shook for quite a while and some things fell over-- fortunately, nothing too serious.

I was frightened and alone.. and unable to control my hands from shaking..

so I quickly grabbed my belongings and ran out of my apartment.


Everyone had come out of their buildings.. I've never seen so many people out at once.

Everyone.. holding onto their cellphones..

"Tsunagaranai.."
(It doesn't connect..)


I knew that earthquakes are almost always followed by aftershocks.. so I ran to my sister's apartment, hoping that her babies were ok too..


Elevators were shut down..

It was the fastest I've ever ran up twenty something flights of stairs..

These tall buildings in Tokyo are built to withstand powerful earthquakes-- by swaying.

Being so high up, the building swayed and swayed-- imagine those boat rides at carnivals.. (alright, not THAT intense..) but something like it..

Walls creaked and rumbled..

Throat burned like fire from all that running..

But I completely forgot about the pain when I saw the faces of my nieces..


Building shook again.. I've never been so scared in my life.


Unable to stand up..

I cried,

and I prayed.


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A massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, splitting roads and wrecking buildings..

Followed by a catastrophic tsunami that engulfed entire towns near the coast, killing thousands of innocent lives..

Now, Japan is faced with a possible nuclear plant meltdown...



Earthquake.








Tsunami.







Potential nuclear crisis.









It's really all too much for one country to handle in just a matter of hours...

The prime minister stated that Japan is facing the toughest crisis in Japan's 65 years of postwar history.


But in the midst of chaos, there is always hope.

Many survivors are being rescued from the wreck.. family members are being reunited.. and help is on it's way from other countries as well.













I've been on an emotional roller coaster since the earthquake..

But I'm so grateful to be alive, to have a roof over my head, warm food to eat, clean water to drink, and my loving family beside me.


My heart aches for those who are suffering from the pain of lost loved ones and homes...


For anyone who reads this.. if any.. please, pray for Japan...


This country needs your prayers and support now.






Love,
Christine*

3.10.2011

Power of Music♫

I went to watch my brother-in-law's performance at the Liquid Room in Ebisu♫! :) The place was packed!! He did it again.. another great show☆!

The audience ranged from lively teens to mothers with children, to even elder men in business suits..

That's the magic of music-- it has the power to bring all kinds of people together in one space.

Once the music begins, it doesn't matter what gender, age, color, religion, or whatever potential "label" you might be categorized under.. music unites us all♥.

恵比寿Liquid Roomで義理の兄のライブを見にいきました♫!!観客の人数がすごかったです! また最高なライブを見れてうれしかったです☆!

観客の年齢層は若いteenagerから、主婦や、サラリーマンまでと幅広く見ていてとても感激しました。

それが音楽の魅力だと思うの。。色んな人が一つの空間で年齢差や、職業をこえて一つになれる♥。


Here's his website:
http://myv382tokyo.com/




Luvluv,
christine*

3.09.2011

So Analog♥

Photos taken with my phone..random city shots, Meiji Jingu Temple for new years, and of Kiyomizudera in Kyoto.
携帯でとった写真です。。町の風景、明治神宮の初詣、京都の清水寺など。






































Luvluv,
christine*

3.08.2011

Pink Mess♡*

It snowed again today.. so beautiful, so melancholy. Wasn't enough to make a snowman though.. :( Boo.
今日も東京で雪が降りましたね。。とても奇麗で、でもなんだか切なくて。 雪だるまを作れるほどではなかったですぅ。。(ノ_`)残念。

Just some eye-candy.. I merged some of my old photos with random photos I found online that I thought was beautiful.. and created this pink lovely mess. ;)
昔とった写真と、ウェブでみつけた奇麗な写真を合体しちゃいました!ピンクの世界へようこそ♡。






























Luvluv,
christine*

3.06.2011

Hello, again♡

I'm three months late, but it's 2011!!
3ヶ月遅れましたけど、2011年になりましたね!!

Many apologies for neglecting my blog for nearly a year.. (I'm so bad at keeping this up...)
一年ちかく、ブログの更新をしていなくて、ごめんなさい。。m(_ _)m

My days in LA were absolutely amazing.. without doubt, the most memorable 8 months of my life. I've met so many wonderful, talented people-- had the opportunity to collaborate and learn from some of the best teachers in Hollywood. And..(drum roll).. I'm now an Apple certified Logic Pro user♫! Whoop whoop.
ロスで過ごした時間は本当に最高でした!たくさんの素敵なアーティストや先生に出会えて、共に音楽の勉強をできてとても幸せでした。さらににアップル認定プロ資格をgetすることができました♫!Yay!

So, I'm back in Tokyo again~! I've been spending a lot of time with my wonderful family, and enjoying the last bit of the winter season. It's almost springtime~*
東京に戻ってきました〜! いっぱい家族と時間を過ごしたり、この季節を楽しんでいます。もうすぐ春ですね〜*

Some random pictures from LA..
ロスにいた時の写真です。。

















































Luvluv,
christine*