Hini ひんい = Japanese for Grace, Dignity

I just watched a Japanese couple in their 70’s rummaging through the rubble of their home, scurrying to wash and re-establish themselves as quickly as possible so they could move on to help others.

The Japanese carry within them many admirable traits. They are resilient, civil and graceful. They have not succumbed to mass panic, roaming the streets like rabid dogs, looting the fruit of their neighbors. They carry their own burdens, even the children and the elderly, and weep silently into the crooks of their own arms. I have not seen beggars on their knees, imploring the news crews for aid. I have not seen the feral hunger of the street invade their lines of order and efficiency. They lead with the best of the humanized traits, almost impervious to the expected devolution that often accompanies disaster. They are admirable and I have nothing but the highest respect for these citizens who have shown such love for each other and their country.


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KT is an avid foodie/gamer/SFF reader with expertise in a variety of bizarre fields. Her love for technology, science, and internet media is only matched by her fondness for music, language and art. Karen is an aspiring writer with a meandering past. Her law and engineering books make wonderful counterweights to her fiction collections. She hopes to one day publish a novel, most likely in the young adult genre, but the future is an open book.

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