A recommended read for anyone who was in Japan during the earthquake and is curious to hear about another person’s experiences, as well as those who are interested in reading an unbiased account of the events and how one woman fell in love with Japan all over again.
A fascinating document of one woman’s experiences as an observer of a nation in crisis.
– Amazon.co.uk reviews
So, the big earthquake then. What was it like?
The Teas That Bind is the story of my year in Japan before and since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, living, observing and questioning what went on around me.
Comprising posts written for this website – along with emails, tweets and status updates, as well as previously unpublished material – the book covers the days following the disaster and the months beyond, including my involvement with fundraising and volunteering efforts in Northern Japan.
Away from the more dramatic images and events, this is a personal tale of everyday life – dealing with aftershocks, blackouts, ‘cool biz’ and wildly conflicting media reports – one pot of tea at a time.
The Teas That Bind was reviewed by fellow Tohoku volunteer Jessica Korteman and the following lovely people had some kind words to say on Twitter:
@tenminuteshate Reading your book and the story of the Canadian teacher in tsunami. Amazing. Well done capturing it all.—
Ken Tidwell (@kgcab) March 13, 2012
@tenminuteshate started yr book today & enjoying it. Gives an idea of pressure gaijin in Japan had from relatives at home during crisis—
Liam Dwyer (@liam_dwyer) April 10, 2012
@tenminuteshate to be honest I had doubts that it would just be too random (being based on blog posts and emails) but it worked really well.—
(@goodandbadjapan) April 28, 2012