Yamato spirit in post-earthquake Japan.

I was and am forever affected by the ‘Yamato-damashii’! The spirit of the Japanese is like no other, civilized, compassionate and caring. They are always concerned about the ‘community’ first and then the ‘I’. They have deep character and ethical values as a nation. A common believe is that everything should interplay with harmony on all levels.

They are showing us how to act under the worse of conditions with dignity and humanity. They act and treat each other during these strenuous disastrous times with impeccable national character and proves that there is hope for the idea of humanity. (Article on how Tokyo voluntarily dimmed its lights)

The philosopher Sartre said: “One ought always to ask oneself what would happen if everyone did as one is doing.” The Japanese embodies this idea, acting as one for the better good of each citizen. Read how the Chinese admires Japan’s behavior.

We need to be reminded that during Hurricane Katrina, Japan was one of the first to respond helping us when we were in need and donated multimillion for our cause.

Please donate:
http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

Only in Japan. Lining up for water during the aftermath of the quake (from REUTERS)

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About Marais

Anja Marais is an artist with interdisciplinary projects consisting of sculpture, photography, installation and film that present the idea of the perpetual outlander. For more information visit http://www.anjamarais.com
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