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  • Konnichiwa!

  • So I got home from America last month and on the flight to Tokyo, the person

  • who sat next to me was actually going to study at a college in Japan.

  • And since it was his first time to go to Japan

  • he asked all kinds of things about Japan from how to behave to

  • dating Japanese girls. Anyway,

  • even though the flight really long, it was like 13 hours or so,

  • I didnít get bored at all thanks to him.

  • Thank you William.

  • So today I'd like to talk about one of the things he had the

  • most questions about.

  • This March 11th,

  • it'll be two years since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami happened.

  • It was the biggest earthquake in Japan's history.

  • Actually, my parents and my sister were on a trip to Tokyo to that day.

  • They were in Tokyo Disney Sea at that time and we were supposed to meet at Hakone

  • which is relatively close to Tohoku area on the next day. When the earthquake

  • happened, my family didn't know just how horrible the earthquake was

  • so my dad called me and asked me whether he should cancel the hotel he booked at Hakone

  • or not. So I told him what the reporter said on the news and asked him to come home,

  • like ASAP.

  • But since there wasn't any serious damage where they were, he still wanted to go to

  • Hakone and enjoy the trip

  • because he hadn't gone on a trip with his family for a long time

  • and he even took some days off from work for this precious family trip.

  • So he was like,

  • "Um..."

  • "So... do you really think we should we go home now? :("

  • It was really sad to talk to him about giving up on the trip but I had to say,

  • "Dad"

  • "I understand how you feel but I really don't think it's time for enjoying a trip."

  • "The biggest earthquake in Japan's history just happened and a tsunami is sweeping away everything on tv and

  • something's going on in Fukushima."

  • "Father,"

  • "you have to come home, now!"

  • We did go to Hakone with Rachel later

  • and we had a great time.

  • It was kind of tough trip for her though.

  • So, I made a video about the scariest thing that can happen in Japan last year

  • as kind of a joke,

  • but THIS is actually the scariest thing that can happen to you in Japan.

  • Many of you probably haven't experienced earthquakes so I'll show you how a small earthquake is like.

  • Yup. It's like a plane landing on the ground.

  • If you think about it that way, it's not as scary as you think it is.

  • No matter how big the earthquake is, it lasts only a few minutes at the longest.

  • So be calm and don't rush for the exit.

  • The most important thing of all is to be calm.

  • Otherwise, if you panic,

  • it might not just be you getting hurt, but you might even hurt someone else.

  • I mean, I got hurt.

  • A relatively small earthquake happened when I went to a friend's place in

  • an apartment for foreign exchange students.

  • It happened right before I knocked on his door.

  • So I lowered myself and covered my head with my arms.

  • But before the earthquake stopped,

  • he slammed open the door and rushed for the elevator.

  • He was panicked and he stumbled over me.

  • I mean I got kicked my butt.

  • It was literally pain the ass.

  • Anyway, when an earthquake happens, be calm.

  • Don't go rush for the exit or elevator. Don't scream Moooom!

  • Just try to be calm.

  • By the way, Japan has been expecting a really large earthquake for a while.

  • So when the Tohoku earthquake happened, at first some people thought

  • the earthquake finally came.

  • But it was actually a completely different earthquake.

  • The Tohoku earthquake happened up here,

  • but the earthquake we're expecting will happen around here,

  • It's called the Tokai earthquake.

  • and it happens every 100-150 years in the Tokai area,

  • which is where I live.

  • The last one was in 1854, so experts have been saying for a while that

  • it could happen any day,

  • So every time trucks drive by and shake my house, Iím like,

  • "...is it?...no. Calm down Jun. It's just a truck. Don't worry."

  • "Oh crap! It's real!"

  • and grab my kitty and go outside to an evacuation area when small ones happen.

  • Wherever in Japan you go,

  • you can't really get away from earthquakes.

  • So when an earthquake happens, just try to be calm, don't panic,

  • and just think about how you're going to explain your first earthquake experience to your friends

  • on Facebook.

  • Thank you for watching.

  • But this...

  • is the scariest thing that can happen in my room, dammit.

  • You freaked me out!

Konnichiwa!

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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