Monster earthquake and tsunami on March 11th left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing, and a lot of refugees living far from Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Honestly I don't know how to say to the sufferers.
I can't say 'Happy' New Year because they may have nothing to celebrate.
At the same time, however, all we learned the importance of gratitude for family, community and everyday life, and how strong our Kizuna (bond) is.
I really want to say "Thank you" to all of my family, friends, co-workers, students, and a lot of people offering a great support for devastated Japan.
May the gift of love, happiness, peace, and warmth be yours as you make a new start.
And I hope that you keep smiling every day of the new year that is filled with moments of laughter and joy.
Have a bissful New Year!!
January 1st, 2012
This is Saitama City's character "ヌゥ (Nu)" as a simbol of dragon year 2012.