Solidarity and Distinction through Practices of Cleanliness in Tsunami Evacuation Shelters in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture
On about the tenth day of shelter life, the operators of a spa in Toyomane, a few miles inland, opened up the bath for us. They provided a bus so we could take a bath there. Actually, it was sooner than I had expected. I had assumed we would have to go even longer without a bath. That bath felt so great! I was really relieved (hotto shimashita). Shortly after that, electricity and water were reconnected at the shelter. When I could wash my hands again, and when I could drink the water again, I finally began to feel a little less anxious (hajimete hito anshin). Then daily life started to improve.
— TODA HARUKO*2 (36), staying at the Minami ElementarySchool shelter
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