Another 100 frogs have safely arrived at our contact in Japan. Anne Thomas and her friend, Satsuki will take the frogs to the elementary school next Friday. I continued to be astounded at how fast these boxes get clear over to Japan, 5 days!!! I can’t get a package across a couple of states that fast! Anne thinks they are giving the frog boxes special treatment. Well… I DO identify the boxes as being from the 500 Frogs project, so maybe that’s true.
They promise to take pictures of the happy kids and their amazing frogs. It’s so cool to be part of this big family here… painting all these frogs and sending them clear over to Japan, where they bring good will for our country(s) and a little love and joy to someone who has lost so much. Fukushima is a major city in Japan and now folks are having to leave it, as well, since the radiation levels have gotten so high. Also, no one will buy anything that comes from Fukushima. (Gee… ya think?!) The Japanese are getting very weary and depressed from all the work and disaster. Many are still living in vehicles or tin shelters, after 6 months! We don’t hear much about this from our media. Of course, we have our OWN disasters to keep us busy, too.
I’d gotten a question about the animal rescue going on in Japan. Unfortunately, there’s not much. Many of the animals starved to death when their families fled and then couldn’t go back and get them. But there is one man who really intrigues me. This is a fellow named Naoto Matsumura. He stayed back in his city of Tomioka to look after the animals. Here’s a link to his story: http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-japan-nuke-holdout-resolved-stay-115359874.html
One of our artists painted a “Guardian Frog” for him, with an anchor and a compass that is so beautiful. But how do you find an obscure, rebellious old man, who’s trying to lay low in Japan?! Well, our contact, Anne Thomas, has taken up the cause and she’s joined with a couple of her “adventurous” friends. They will travel to a town on the outskirts of Tomioka and see if they can make a connection for us! I’ll keep you all posted on this.
I would imagine this man feels very alone and forgotten… he would be charmed to see his story made the American newspaper and that he now has fans. If anyone would like to send him a card or a note of good wishes, please snail mail it to me as I am collecting up a small package for him. He will probably outlive the animals he’s taking care of… or maybe not. I’m pretty sure I’d make the same decision he did, if I were presented with the same options. Life, to me, is precious. But it’s my animals and family that make it so. No way would I walk away from my ranch and go live in my truck. Even if my life was significantly shortened, I wouldn’t want a longer yucky life just so I could live a few more years of that yucky life!
Many blessings to you all and thank you, everyone, for being part of this beautiful extended family. Much love~ Deb