日本を記念している Remembering Japan

(私は日本語が苦手だし、とくにこのポストで日本のことを尊敬したいですので、間違えがあったら、教えてください。)

一週前このポストを書きたかったけど、いろいろ理由のため、なかなか出来ませんでした。もうしわけありません。それにしても、日本の3.11被災者を記念したい(Remember?)と思います。

二月の間に、福島県でボランティアしました。その間に、英語を教えたり、幼稚園のために手仕事したり、仮設住宅に訪ねたりいろいろ仕事したりしていました。仕事が本当にたくさんあるので、私のしたことは効果があったかどうかわかりません。もっとしたかったんだけど。

これからも、やらなければならない仕事がすごくあるんですよ。二年間が立ったのに、たくさんの仕事がもうされたのに残っている仕事のほうが多いです。たくさんの人々がまだ仮設住宅に住んでいるし、デブリはまだあるし、回復の道のりはまだ始まっていないみたいです。

日本よ。二年間が立ったのに私は覚えているよ。もっと助けることが出来るように、重い奨学金の借金を持ってアメリカに帰らなければならない学生じゃないと望む。あなたのために、あなたとともにがんばって働いて町を立て替えるようにプロ建設労働者だと望む。すべてをあげることが出来るように、お金持ちの人だと望む。けれど、私の人生はそんな道に導かれなかった。それにしても、あなたを覚えていて、アメリカにいる間にも、日本にいる間にも、できるだけ、助けるよ。

I wanted to write this post a week ago, the day of, but various reasons kept me from doing so up until now. It is no excuse, but even so, I want to remember the Japanese victims of 3/11.

During the month of February I volunteered in Fukushima, one of the areas where the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster struck Japan. During my time, I did various things, including teaching English, doing work for a local preschool, and visiting temporary housing units to spend time with some of the victims. With all the work that there is to do, it makes me wonder how much of an impact my time there had. I wanted to do more for the people.

And there is so much more left to do. While it has been 2 years, and much work has been done, there is still so much yet to do. There are many people still in temporary housing across the country, places where there is still debris to clear away, and the reconstruction process has yet to begin.

Japan, even two years after the earthquake, I remember you. I wish I wasn’t a student loan debt-saddled college grad whose time in Japan is expiring, so that I could help more. For your sake, I wish I could have been a professional construction worker so that I could work tirelessly by your side to rebuild your towns. I wish I could be a rich man so that I could give you everything I have. However, it seems that that is not the road of life I have been led down. Nevertheless, I remember you, and in whatever little way that I can, whether from America or in Japan, I will help you.

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About Stephen

My name is Stephen Gabriel Falke, and I am passionate for all things Japanese. I have been accepted to teach for the JET Program starting 2015. In the past, during my time in college, I also had the chance to participate in a study abroad at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, for Japan's 2012 school year. On my blog I write about my love for Japan, my journey to get there and stay there, and my adventures studying and teaching there.
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