Disaster Preparedness Day

On September 1st, 1923, a huge earthquake devastated Tokyo.  The death toll was about 140,000 people and at that time was the worst natural disaster to ever hit Japan.

Nowadays in Japan, September 1st is a day both of remembrance and preparation for the future.   It’s Bousai no Hi (Disaster Preparedness Day.)  On that day, all over the country people are conducting drills and thinking what they would do in case of another earthquake.

My local shopping center was selling supplies that a person would need if “The Big One” hits.

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The sign says 防災 bousai=Disaster

“Sono toki” ni, sonaeteimasuka?=Are you prepared for “that time?”

Imakoso, chanto.=Right now, do it properly.

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Emergency items.  The black bag is stuffed with items a person might need.

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Different meals that can be eaten instantly

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Does it look delicious?


How about you?  Are you prepared in case of an emergency?  Because you just never know!

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