Japan trip: Detour to Korea…

As said in a earlier post, my plan was to go to Japan next week (March 31st), mostly to visit my fiance. I still stick with this plan.

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and especially last week there was a lot of worries, when the fears concerning the Fukushima nuclear power plant was at their highest. A lot of countries, including my own, has recommended that people should not travel to anywhere in Japan. Which have of course made me follow all news concerning Japan very closely.

Today I got a phone call from Japan Airlines, they wanted to inform me that my flight from Paris to Tokyo was cancelled. (Probably due to too many people canceling their trip) So I was booked to a different flight going to… Korea. So my flight schedule for next Thursday looks like this:

Copenhagen -> Paris -> Seoul -> Tokyo (Narita -> Haneda) -> Miyazaki.

As if the trip wasn’t long enough. A good thing is that I now don’t need to wait for such a long time in Paris, since the flight to Korea is departing 3 hours earlier than my flight to Tokyo was scheduled to. She said I will arrive earlier in Japan, than planned. Though are my tickets for Miyazaki still the same, so I won’t arrive there earlier. But, it’s easier for me to entertain myself in Haneda airport than Paris (CDG) airport.

“Pray for Japan” in Japanese.

Just a quick post. I was checking my visit stats and especially the keywords used for finding this blog. Of course “pray for Japan” was highest on the list. An interesting keyword was “pray for Japan in kanji” which also gave me a lot of traffic, though I have not written it on this blog, which is why I thought I would write it.

“Pray for Japan” in Japanese is: 日本のために祈る

(Reading: Nihon no tame ni inoru)


(Everyone of the world, let’s pray for Japan.)


The news keeps showing us new pictures and videos of the destruction and the death toll keeps rising. Now it’s likely over 10,000, not to mention all the people who has lost their homes, who only have limited supplies on food, water and shelter. People seeing the destructions with their own eyes, trying to recognize a city, an area or a street they’ve once walked so many times. And then there is the people who are now mourning over their lost ones. The biggest pain of all and something that can’t be replaced.

I’m not Japanese, but still I feel Japan is also a part of my life, a part of me. One way or the other, Japan affects my life everyday. Whether it’s talking to my Japanese fiance, or my family-in-law, studying Japanese language, history and culture at my university or spending time in Japan in general. Japan is always there, in my mind, in my heart and has been there for years.

So these news also affect me greatly. I send my prayers to Japan everyday and I too mourn of the thousand of lives lost. I pray that the people of Japan will not lose hope in these dark times. I pray that everyone will stay strong and unite. I pray that Japan will be able to come back from this, stronger than ever. I pray for everyone affected of the earthquake. And I know many people across the world does the same. #PRAYFORJAPAN#

Heart goes out to Japan…

As we all should know by now, Japan was yesterday (March 11th) hit by a 8.9 earthquake. The seventh most powerful in history, followed by a huge tsunami which swept whole cities clean on it’s way.

The destruction of this earthquake is nothing but terrifying and once again makes us human beings seems so small when we’re faced with the real powers of mother nature. All my prayers go out to the people affected by the earthquake and the people of Japan in general. Since Japan now have to face a very hard time when it comes to restoring what have once been. We must of course not forget about of the hundreds of lives lost, which never will be restored and those who now suffer from having lost a person they knew.

Yesterday I received several calls and messages from friends and family who wanted to express their concerns regarding my fiance and my family-in-law. Since so many people thought of me when they saw the news, it really reminded me of the fact that, Japan has become a huge part of my life, even when I’m here in Denmark. It’s a scary feeling.

I can’t express enough how these news has affected me, even though I’m not in Japan right now. It’s hard for me to watch the pictures and the videos, knowing that this happened in a country I’ve been to so many times. A country that has special place in my life and in my heart. A country that seems like a big part of my future and of course this is the country of my fiance and my family-in-law.