地震発生後、Twitterで投稿された心に残るつぶやき – Heartwarming tweets from post-earthquake Japan

地震で日本が大変なことになっています。アメリカにいて自分の無力さを痛感していますが、このサイトのつぶやきに励まされ、自分もできることをしよう、と思い、サイトに載ってるつぶやきを英語に訳しました。拙い翻訳ですが、日本で起こっていることがすべて悲惨ではなく、非常事態だからこその心温まるストーリーが海外にも伝わればと思います。ちなみにこのポストの写真はCreative Commonsからいただいた著作権フリーの写真を元に筆者が作ったものです。Facebook、Mixi、Twitterなどのプロフィール写真に使いたい方がいればご自由にお使いください。

I’ve been bothered and worried about the recent massive earthquake in Japan. I feel so helpless, being apart from my family and people who need help in Japan. This website introduces a series of people’s tweets with heartwarming stories in post-earthquake Japan. We get a lot of tragic images from Japan via media, but I want the world to know that these stories are also happening in Japan so I translated all of them. By the way, picture above was created by the author of this post using two photos from the Creative Commons. If you would like to use it as your profile photo for Facebook, Mixi and Twitter etc, please go ahead.

My translations follow the Japanese texts.


A newscaster from NHK was reporting what has been happening throughout Japan, and he introduced, “a mother who was unable to give breast milk to her baby was standing in front of a supermarket all night to get formula.” The next moment, the newscaster was speechless. A moment or two passed without a word. We could tell that the newscaster was touched by the story and tried to hold back the tears. So did I.


At Tokyo Disneyland, staff members were giving away souvenir snacks and candies from their stores to people who were stuck there after the earthquake. Several high school students got a lot more than they needed, and I thought, “What the…” However, what I saw later really touched me because they were handing around these snacks and candies to smaller kids. The parents of these kids were certainly not able to get these candies, so I really appreciated their good deeds.


People pick up stuff on the floor in a messy supermarket (after the earthquake), and form a line in front of cashiers without complaining. They never steal things from supermarkets even during this chaotic time. An elderly person, even after waiting for so long, offer their seats to a pregnant woman in a crowded train. People from other countries are speechless when they see and hear all these stories. I believe that these stories are real. What a great nation Japan is.

国連からのコメント。「日本は今まで世界中に援助をしてきた援助大国だ。今回は国連が全力で日本を援助する。」 @akitosk

Japan is one of the biggest donors of international assistance for development who has done so much. It is now our turn to to the same. We will do anything and everything we can to help Japan at this very difficult time – a comment by the UN.


Because a traffic was so bad, sometime only one car can move forward when the light turns green. However, everyone was taking turn without getting mad. In a complex intersection, it got gridlocked with traffic, but for 10 hours, drivers used horn for expressing their appreciation to other drivers. Never did I hear an angry driver blowing hone like crazy. I was scared by the earthquake and its aftershocks, but at the same time, seeing people behaving themselves was heartwarming. I started liking Japan even more after the earthquake.


I was walking back home from my university last night and saw a woman who was giving away free breads although her bakery had been closed long ago. I was very impressed by her because she found what she could do and immediate took actions in this chaotic situation after the earthquake. It was very heartwarming. Probably, Tokyo should deserve more credits in terms of its citizens’ sincerity.


I got an email from my Korean friend. It reads, “Japan is the only nation to have experienced the atomic bomb attack in the world. Japan also lost WWII. It gets typhoons every year as well as earthquakes. It is exposed to the menace of tsunami too… It is a small island nation, but hasn’t Japan always stood up and overcome all the obstacles? That’s Japan. Don’t give in! Hang in there!” I couldn’t hold back the tears reading this email.


I got really tired of waiting a train at a station. Some homeless people approached me and gave me cardboards because it was very cold. We always give them a sideways glance and ignore, but they are so nice to me. How heartwarming.


Suntory is providing free drinks through its vending machines, Softbank has made its Wi-Fi hotspots free, and many others are doing their best to meet people’s needs after the earthquake. Moved by Japan’s efforts, other countries are also cooperating. When we think about the Kobe earthquake and how Japan delayed sending its Self Defense Force for relief efforts and how it was reluctant to welcome other countries’ support, we can say that Japan has become a much stronger nation.


I was talking to a Tokyo Metro Subway employee who had been working all nights. I said, “You have a lot of work, don’t you?” He responded to me with a smile, “If not now, when would I work so hard?” All these people impressed me so much.


(After the earthquake) I walked back home all the way from downtown Tokyo. What I saw amazed me: There were so many people on streets, but everyone was walking in an orderly manner; Convenience stores and other stores are still open; Internet infrastructure didn’t collapse; Many places, both public and private, opened up themselves for those who were unable to make it back to their home; and the railroad resumed and ran all night. What a country. it doesn’t matter how big our GDP is.


Everyone in Japan, please keep caring about other people. Be kind to people in troubles, help each other, and don’t lose forgiveness. When you feel uneasy, so do people around you. This is our wish. We’ll do our best with the same spirit.


My 2-year-old son put on his shoes and was going to go out. He said, “I’ll arrest the earthquake!” Courage and sense of justice within his small body gave me strength. Everyone, let keep our strength and hang in there.


On my 4-hour way back home, I saw a lady who was holding a sketchbook that said “Please use bathroom inside if you need.” She kindly offered her bathroom for everyone. Without doubt, Japan is the most heartwarming country in the world, isn’t it? I was so touched and couldn’t hold the tears when I saw her.


When light goes out, there is someone who fixes it. When water is cut off, there is someone who fixes it. When there is an accident in nuclear power plants, there is someone who fixes it. They don’t get repaired automatically. While we are complaining and saying “how long does it take?” in a warm room, there are people out there who put all-out effort to fix them.

「暗すぎて今までに見たことないくらい星が綺麗だよ。仙台のみんな、上を向くんだ。」 現地での会話 @smzasm

“Because light went out and it was really dark, the stars in the night sky are so beautiful. I’ve never seen such beautiful stars. Everyone in Sendai, lift up your faces!” – an actual conversation in the area affected


A friend of mine from Chiba prefecture told me this story. At a evacuation site, an elderly man mumbled, “What’s gonna happen from now…” A high school-age young man next to him responded while patting his back, “Don’t worry. When we grow up, we’ll fix everything.” Everything will be alright. We have a bright future.


A footage of an elderly man who was stranded in his house and rescued after 42 hours. He was saying with a smile, “I’m fine because I survived the tsunami from Chile before. Let’s reconstruct everything again!” What we are going to do from now is of utmost importance.

“Operation Tomodachi” 米軍による救援活動作戦名 @bitboi

“Operation Tomodachi (Operation Friendship)” – name of the relief operation by the US troops


The magnitude of the recent earthquake has been upgraded from 8.9 to 9.0 and become one of the most massive earthquakes in the world. Now, let us make our energy for reconstruction and love the largest in the world too.


3 responses to “地震発生後、Twitterで投稿された心に残るつぶやき – Heartwarming tweets from post-earthquake Japan

  1. シドニー滞在です。翻訳ありがとうございました。これらの名言は何度読んでも心に響きます。微力ですが、私も自分にできることを探しながら、毎日日本復興を祈り、生きていることに感謝し、生活して行きたいです。

    • みどりさん

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