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Windbell  (Earthquake 3) by dosankodebbie

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After the Great Hanshin Earthquake of ’95, many of the relocated elderly survivors simply lost their will to live. The will to live is a mysterious thing. Sometimes fragile. Sometimes tenacious. Frequently tested. Always precious. Surviving the disaster itself is only the beginning.

The words that accompany the image in this etegami are an English translation of a haiku by the poet Santoka (1882-1940).

I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful tribute debbie

  • Thank you, Carol. It’s all I can think about and draw about these days.

    – dosankodebbie

  • davvi
    davvialmost 4 years ago

    debbie,you are ok,make strong live will.Enjoy life.

  • Thank you. My region was not affected so badly. I am safe. But I am heart broken.

    – dosankodebbie

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 4 years ago

    astounding as always…it is sobering to watch and think about the beautiful people of Japan…but know they are SURVIVORS…take care, dear Debbie…

  • Thanks, Sally. I am taking care. Etegami helps me to work out my mental anguish.

    – dosankodebbie

  • loniedwards
    loniedwardsalmost 4 years ago

    Debbie, this is beautiful!

  • Thank you, Loni. You always give me encouragement and cheer. :D

    – dosankodebbie

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 3 years ago

    Wonderful!! :)

  • hollypaino
    hollypainoover 3 years ago

    Featured Work, Week of 5/2/2011!

    Let us not forget. x

  • wenzart
    wenzartover 3 years ago


  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Paul Coventry-Brown
    Paul Coventry-...over 3 years ago

    It also kept me awake at night ;-)
    Beautiful and conjures up memories for me … なつかしいな! 

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