Edited By Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger and David H. Slater
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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