October is choca-full of animal-ness with vegetarian awareness month, vegetarian day, No harm done week and today; World Animal Day. This is the month that it is all happening in the animal kingdom............... internationally that is. Here in nihon-land we are little bit behind the times and the concepts of having a day for everything if it doesn't fit in with a numbered date.Although us here at JEARS are trying our hardest to change that state of affairs. We have a candle light vigil going on on Facebook and have changed our profile pics to candles. There is also an awesome virtual site where you can cyber-listicly (once again I apologise to any English teacher who ever endured me in their classes!!) light candles. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=JEARS (it is free and easy to do) We have chosen to honour the fourleggeders of Tohoku.Not only those that survived the horrendous natural disasters of March 11th yet are at the rainbow bridge now because of human rules and regulations but those who are STILL waiting to be rescued.The international community are most likely not seeing reports on animals in and around the zone but be assured those poor haggard souls are still scraping by. So if you have a minute or two please let JEARS know you are supporting them with your thoughts.
On a personal note, I had a pretty successful week as far as getting the word out was concerned. I was interviewed for the national newspaper; The Japan Times and believed I was a contributing person for Maruko's story. The article turned out to be about JEARS, Maruko and I. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20111001cz.html#.Toa4YE2LgJY.facebook It was picked up by a Brazilian daily today and wheee heeeee we are off. Maruko's camera shy family and I are in touch and it is certainly a wonderfully happy ending. So if I can just send a little prayer up to the people in heaven's animal department, that there may be many more reunions like Maruko's I would be a happy camper. I might just slip Setsuo's name in there a few times too because I'm three brick walls short of a dozen at the moment.