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Ishinomaki, Japan in March 2011

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I happened to notice your comment on one of Jill4Art's puzzles, so I followed your trail here. I know it's an old puzzle, but I wanted to weigh in here.

I can't speak for others, but I have posted puzzles from around the world, none of them politically-motivated but some of which could be read politically, such as the reed marsh people of Iraq, who lost all their homes when Saddam Hussein burned and drained all the marshes (an ecological disaster that is unsurpassed in Iraq history), and others like it. People have their own agenda going into things and can read or misread a puzzle simply because of their own prejudices and not keeping an open mind.

For those reasons, I totally disagree with KatEE and puzzler5, and I wouldn't place too much credence in what they write. People have posted puzzles from the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake and its aftermath, and you are not the first one to post images from Japan's earthquake and tsunami. Tonight on Discovery station, I watched a documentary on Japan's earthquake. It was a riveting hour, and my heart goes out to the people there. I think also that posting a puzzle is a sign of respect, not disrespect. The Jigidiers from Japan seemed to appreciate the gestures of so many who posted puzzles in the aftermath, and I hope that, when the big one hits Portland, Oregon and I'm not around to create one, someone will create one in my honor (or memory).

So, in the end, it doesn't matter whether anyone but you sees my post. I wanted to let you know that I believe the truth is far more towards respect than to the disrespect of which you are being accused.

Here is a link to a video taken from someone in their car when the tsunami first hit. Unless you speak Japanese fluently, I would turn the sound down. I found I could concentrate better with it off. It is an up-close personal view of what happened, and I believe you will not be left unmoved by going through exactly what everyone went through as the tsunami hit.

With that, I'm off to find some interesting puzzles!


I do believe that is not just about the beautiful things in this world - flowers, our lovely pets, places we visit - but also of what is going on as the internet helps us keep step with the world, all of it. I love the Japanese people, study the language, and feel for them - that is why I published the picture. I am very sorry if this was offensive to some of you, but to me the picture tells about the humanity, the will to help our fellow beings, even in the most dire situations.


I take it that neither of you watch the news. And if you happened to see footage of the disaster in Japan (by accident), did you immediately stop watching because it was/is a disaster?

I can't speak for the contributor of this puzzle, but I doubt very much that she reveled in what happened.


I think should pull this puzzle. It is shocking and disgusting that anyone would make a puzzle which people do for enjoyment from a disaster that has killed so many and destroyed so many lives. I am appalled that anyone would even consider doing this puzzle. A new low for humanity. Unbeleivable.


I guess this is after the tsunami. It feels a bit odd to see a puzzle based on their disaster?