Japan Remembered

In September 2009, the very talented girls behind 37 Frames took some pictures of me …

and Geoff. We traveled to Osaka to participate in CKU-Japan.

Here are some of my favorites …

We were just about to celebrate our 20th anniversary and I wanted some memorable images from this trip together.

This nice man, helped.

I can’t believe I’ve never shared these pictures on my blog.
I realized this error when I was in Hawaii and saw a tweet from Dee and Trace. If I remember right, they mentioned photos of the clean up in and around Sendai. I tried to read their blog post on my phone, but that was frustrating.

After I returned home and got caught up, I finally sat down and …

and started to digest the enormity of the recovery efforts and the absolutely AMAZING job Dee and Trace are doing to document it. It’s been two months today, since the earthquake and Tsunami. Promise me you’ll remember Japan by making some time to READ THEIR BLOG. You won’t regret this. If you have children, show them these photos and explain a little bit about the devastation these events leave behind and the community of effort required to recover. Explain that through photography, we can more fully understand both.

I think because I’ve tasted of Japanese culture and experienced the graciousness of her people, I am deeply affected by these photos and the story they tell. I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel through scrapbooking. I probably just need to say that out loud. It has been a true gift and blessing in my life!


  1. Love these pictures of you and your hubs!

  2. Oh, my goodness. Words fail me.

  3. Wow! Truly amazing. (And such cute pictures of the two of you, also!)

  4. karen schmidt says:

    Very cute pics of you two. I love them. I have printed pics of the devastation in japan and will put them in a scrapbook of things that happened in 2011.

  5. Rhonda H says:

    My friend lived in Japan 2 years and just went back over last Christmas break. She was so sad when the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster hit that beautiful island. And so glad she went when she did. I hear this story about New Orleans a lot, too.

    Okay, on to business, I am an LOM Alum and am anticipating getting my library back in gear. Waiting for your new class! So…will I need your Photo Freedom book for the class?
    See, my friend came out to NC to attend a Donna Downey class last year, and had you autograph my book. Well, it made it back to the scrapbook store here in Arkansas, and got lost. So , I am hoping I can did around with the shop owner and find it!!

    • Rhonda — how sad! You do not need my book Photo Freedom to take the class. The class is far more comprehensive. It’s fun to have the book as a reference, but I do not reference it in class. Hope that makes sense!

  6. Barb in AK says:

    And yet, notice– all those people are smiling with the devastation all around them!! That is the true Japanese spirit. They are strong, courageous, and willing to put others ahead of themselves. My prayers are with them as they continue their clean up and recovery.

  7. bea medwecky says:

    Stacy, thanks for sharing this site with us. Seeing this just reminds me of how quicly time flies and how in a blink of an eye everything can change. A true reminder to be greatful for your life right now.

    You and your husband make the cutest couple. Can’t wait to see you in class.

  8. My cousin’s daughter was there when disaster struck. She was vacationing around the country. Fortunatly she was fine and made it home fine. My heart goes out to the people of Japan, they are truely corageous, resilient people. I think they will be stronger than ever.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  9. Thank you for sharing that blog. Seeing these pictures makes it so much more real. I was riveted to it for hours. I love seeing the hope in the children’s eyes.

  10. Thanks for sharing the blog. I’ve become the new Faculty moderator of the “Japanese Culture Club” at the school where I work. This will be an excellent resource to share.

  11. Susan M says:

    Wow. Stacy, thank you for sharing this blog. I certainly have never experienced such devastation as the Japanese people are currently working through, and it’s important for us to remember that we can still help. Their problems have not gone away just because the story is no longer featured 24/7 on the news.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing, and reminding me of the importance of sharing these things with our children so they can understand the importance of community, and photography. And so if they ever have to go through something like this, they already have some coping skills…Thanks again!

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