I would like to express my deepest gratitude to JAL for planning "Let's Encourage Tohoku with Mileage Donation Project" and to all the JMB members who donated their treasured mileage to this project.
The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 brought massive scale damage to our home town in Miyagi Prefecture. Our home town, Ishinomaki City being a port town flourishing with fishery and fishery-related industries, many people died, and I have also witnessed unbelievably terrifying scenes. All lifelines were cut off, and we had experienced very difficult living conditions, however, living "today" was all that we could think of, along with thanking the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the people from all over the country for the aid deliveries and support.
In such circumstances, I happened to find the article on this "Let's Encourage Tohoku with Mileage Donation Project".
After losing my job, having to restore my house, etc., etc., I hated myself always thinking negatively, so I decided to apply to this project to step forward, to get out of this negative cycle.
One day, when I almost forgot I even applied to this project, I received a letter stating that I had won 100,000 miles. I remember that suddenly the entire view in front of me became brighter and clear. I immediately told my child who gave up studying abroad because of the earthquake about this happy news, and we decided on going to Europe. Thanks to the assistance of JMB staffs and our travel coordinator, we all enjoyed a fabulous trip.
My child said, "I'm going to study history and language and much more to work for the restoration and reconstruction!"
What people gained from this experience of the earthquake may differ according to their age, however, I'm sure that Ishinomaki City 10 years later, and 20 years later will be a wonderful and beautiful city, reconstructed by the younger generation.
I was really happy to participate in this project. Thank you very much.
(Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture/Age:50's,Gender:Female)