Interview by Natalie Yemenidjian | Translation by Mayuko Wada
I had to run away from Namie. I used to live in one big house, now the temporary housing is one small room — so I felt stressed. I have heart disease because of the stress. Before the earthquake, I would work and excercise. Now, I’m like a pig who gets too much food but no exercise.
On that day, I finished work from the salon. I wanted to take a lunch break from noon to 2 p.m. I wanted to prepare the salon. Then, the earthquake hit.
I never knew something like this could happen. We never knew something like this could happen to us. The shake was so big that I couldn’t stand up.
The aftershocks kept happening. I tried to evacuate, but I had to use all of my energy just to stand up. I wasn’t scared, I just focused on standing up.
The tsunami didn’t make a sound.
My house was up on a hill, far from the coast. Two or three drawers fell out. The bathroom tiles have to be fixed. There’s high radiation for now. We can’t live there.