Beyond the Vast Wasteland
  

As I read each poem while looking at the picture, tears fell.
Contradictions in Human Existence
Every word in a poem is so meaningful that it seems to have been fully studied and elaborated so that the poems serve as guideposts for a human being's way of life. As I read each poem while looking at the picture, tears fell.
(Woman in her 60's, Tokyo, University Professor)


This book leaves me with extraordinary sights engraved in my heart. The reality I want others to see was shown in this book.
I live in Kesennuma City, which was hit by the Great Earthquake. After that, I did not want anybody else to see what town looked like. But in fact, I wanted others to know the truth. That was what I was thinking every day. This book leaves me with extraordinary sights engraved in my heart. The reality I want others to see was shown in this book.

(Woman in her 50's, Miyagi-Pref., Fishery)


A wonderful sensation that I was digging down for the well in me from within myself.
Every word in this book has pierced my heart. I was drawn into the book as I read it. As I repeated the writer's words over and over again in my mind, I had a wonderful sensation that I was digging down for the well in me from within myself.

(Man in his 40's, Yamanashi-Pref., Company employee)


I felt a strong force of soul that could lead us to overcome it.
I did not know that the force of nature is so powerful. Yet, I was convinced that 'soul's force' is no less powerful than natural force. This Earthquake was a great tragedy; however, by reading this book, I felt a strong force of soul that could lead us to overcome it. I was particularly impressed by the words, "Even in the midst of pitch darkness, light shines. Through pain, people become deeper.

(Woman in her 60's, Osaka, Nurse)


This book speaks to and teaches us as young people who will create a future devoted to what is precious and important.
The poems in this book, at first glance, seemed filled with sorrow, and had a great impact on me. What I thought above all was that this book speaks to and teaches us as young people who will create a future devoted to what is precious and important.
(Male teenager, Kumamoto Pref., Jr. high school student)


It will be up to each person and myself in particular to create a new world.
What I lost because of this Earthquake was so great that I thought it would be almost impossible for me to go on. However, through reading these poems, I felt that, 'Precisely because of the situation I am in now, I can have hope.' I became convinced that it will be up to each person and myself in particular to create a new world. Thank you very much.
(Woman in her 20's, Ishikawa Pref., Company employee)

'Hope' and 'Courage' were arose from each word this writer used.
I felt as if 'Hope' and 'Courage' were arose from each word this writer used. Rather than the pictures that showed heartbreaking, terrible sights after the Great Earthquake, I thought that those pictures in which there is a ray of hope were truly excellent. I highly recommend this book to my friends and acquaintances.
(Man in his 20's, Saitama Pref., Instructor)


In this Earthquake, I lost my precious wife and daughter, but the writer's words resonated in my heart and I was inspired.
In this Earthquake, I lost my precious wife and daughter, and I lost my house, which was full of my memories. As my heart was broken, I lost all hope to live by. However, when I encountered words in this book such as 'Because they were born, people face ordeals, endure hardships, and bring to life a new self,' they resonated in my heart and I was inspired.
(Man in his 50's, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Pref., Mariner)


I wondered what the inspiration was that has filled my heart as I read this book.
Since the day after the Earthquake, I have felt as if I have been carrying an unthinkable darkness in my heart, and I have not been able to cope with my feelings. However, as I read this book, I could not stop my tears from falling. I wondered what the inspiration was that has filled my heart. Is it the light of hope? I felt as if I had gained courage to go forward into the future and my heart was filled with emotion.
(Woman in her 50's, Osaka, Homemaker)


I have gained a most profound suggestion about how to grasp the meaning of this Earthquake and how to live from now on.
The poems and pictures were heart-warming. Now I have a sense in the bottom of my heart what feelings I must have in order to live my daily life. I have gained a most profound suggestion about how I should grasp the meaning of this Great Earthquake in my life, and how I should live my life from now on.
(Man in his 60's, Gifu Pref., Schoolteacher)