Sixteen years ago, Harima and Hanshin Homes experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Luckily, no residents got hurt and the buildings were also not affected. However, other things were affected from the earthquake such as dishes fell off the shelves, the beds moved, the furniture and TV moved so we did feel the intensity of the earthquake. We had no gas and water, which caused us to spend cold nights without heating, without using flush toilets, and without bathing water.
Two days after the earthquake, the volunteers arrived. A few days later, tents were assembled along the river next to Hanshin Home. During the cold day, many rescue teams came to fix the electricity and gas supplies. Thanks to all the help we received, we could go back to daily life.
In north-east Japan, there are still many other people who have been affected and lost their loved ones. We can understand how much the earthquake scared them and can understand how much they must be grieving because we have the past experience. We will share as much as possible with the people in need, despite any shortages we have ourselves because it is natural for humans to help each other when we are suffering from pain.
Our residents started fund-raising and sent some homemade cookies to the devastated areas. Some of the staffs will go to the affected areas to help in any ways as a volunteer. We believe in the power of Japan. Let’s help each other through any other difficult times ahead.