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Miramir V. Hiraoka...
Last of Three Parts
Hiraoka was in front seat of inspiring spectacles which the Japanese people showed.
She said they were lucky because there is a busted water pipe near their house where the residents got their supply.
She related one funny story.
"One day, I fetched water bringing a pale and a medium size drum. My husband looked surprise why I had the two containers. 'Let us play safe. I will get enough supply for us,'" she tells him, and proceeded outside to the water pipe.
When she got to the pipe there was already a long queue which was very orderly, no one was jostling to get ahead, just the Japanese looking composed, each one waiting patiently for his or her turn at the gushing water.
"Then I observed that each one in the queue only had a one-liter or two-liter container and none approached the size of my containers," she ‘says.
"I had a drum and pale with me, Pinoy style. I felt so embarrassed and my husband just laughed at me," she says.
“‘Dasu no?’ (Will you still use them), my husband, laughing, asked me,” she says.
"Iranai (No need)," she replies, also chuckling, as she returned to their house.
She said her husband explained that each one of those in the queue brought only small containers to give those at the end of the line and the late ones the same opportunity.
"It is the same thing with food items in the supermarkets. Each one just buys two items per person on a scheduled time. Those with babies have priority over milk goods," she says.
"There was no fighting for the goods, no one trying to get ahead of the queue. It is the same with gasoline supply, they are so disciplined and unselfish. They were hit by a catastrophe, yet the Japanese are still relax, no sense of panic. It looked like nothing happened to them," she observes.
Luckily, she added, no one in the family of her husband perished, or their neignbors’, and houses and buildings suffered reparable damage.
"My husband told me the Japanese learned their discipline during the Edo era of the samurai. There were many poor farmers who were trained on 'gaman' (sacrifice) and they passed it on from generation to generation," she says.
"Especially in time of calamities, each one should have only what is enough for him or her, what is allotted. There should be equality and no one getting more than the other. A greedy person will become an outcast," her husband says.
He said Japanese are capable of sacrificing and suffering for long period and they can live on what is available.
"No need to ask for more, to do so is shameful," she says her husband told her.
Miramir V. Hiraoka she loves her husband and the Japanese people more after what she saw and experienced first hand during the devastating tragedy that claimed nearly 20,000 people, scores missing, thousands of houses and cars washed, a millions more people affected.
But the Japanese people, true to their character borne out of centuries of history are returning to their every day normal lives, she said.
It maybe a wishful thinking, but Miramir V. Hiraoka said she hoped and prayed that there would be no more such harrowing occurrences to visit her second home Japan.
She said she comes home to the Philippines every now and then as there is still no place like home! #
(Note: M.V. Hiraoka's photographs are from her Facebook entry.)