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September 28, 2005
Koishikawa Botanical Garden: 1923 Tokyo Earthquake
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

(In the US right now we are mindful of the terrible Katrina hurricane natural disaster that has taken many lives.)

There was a devastating earthquake in Tokyo in 1923.

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100,000 people are esitmated to have been killed immediately by the 8.3 Richter Scale 'quake. Another 40,000 people were missing.

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And then there were the fires. Tokyo was built mostly of wood and paper and went up like a tinderbox.

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The fires raged for days.

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At least 33,000 people were trapped by the fires and burned to death. These are their ashes.

(Photos so far, courtesy J. B. Macelwane Archives, Saint Louis University)...

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At least 30,000 people escaped the fires of the city and came to Koishikawa Botanical Garden. Most of them ended up staying here for two years. The park was heavily damaged by all of the people living here. But they were thankful to have this refuge during so trying a time.

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This stele and monument were erected by these thankful people - who remembered this place of refuge and want us to remember it too.

If you just see this monument, you might not really get the impact of just how important this place was to 30,000 people in 1923, 1924, and 1925. With the pictures at the beginning of this post, we can get a closer sense of it.

Sometimes, it is of some benefit to realize that when we are having a bad experience, we don't have to look too far to find someone else who has had a much worse one.

"I cried when I had no shoes. Until I saw a man who had no feet."



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Ain't that the truth. Nice conclusion.

I'm still intrigued by those hot-pink flowers that are in the background of the last picture. What an amazing splash of color!

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Posted by: jlb at Sep 28, 2005 9:13:28 PM

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