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2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake [Kindle Edition]

William Gibson , Yoko Ono , Barry Eisler , Jake Adelstein , The quakebook community , Our Man in Abiko
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and work created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein.

“The primary goal,” says the book's editor, a British resident of Japan, “is to record the moment, and in doing so raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society to help the thousands of homeless, hungry and cold survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The biggest frustration for many of us was being unable to help these victims. I don’t have any medical skills, and I’m not a helicopter pilot, but I can edit. A few tweets pulled together nearly everything – all the participants, all the expertise – and in just over a week we had created a book including stories from an 80-year-old grandfather in Sendai, a couple in Canada waiting to hear if their relatives were okay, and a Japanese family who left their home, telling their young son they might never be able to return."

If you'd like to make a donation to aid the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, please visit the Japanese Red Cross Society website, where you can donate via Paypal or bank transfer (watch out for the fees, though!) or the American Red Cross Society, which accepts donations directed to its Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund (but only accepts donations made with U.S.-issued credit cards).

And of course, if you like the book, please tell your friends, and tell them to give generously as well! Thank you! Japan really does appreciate your help!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1435 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956883621
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VP3KHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,708 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First things first, 100% of the price of this book goes to the Japan Red Cross Society, so please buy it.

The book itself is comprised of lots (about 100) of short stories that focus on many different aspects of the earthquake and subsequent events. Some accounts focus on the role of the media and social networking, some on the earthquake and how it affected them or people they know and others still, on the people of Japan who have shown indefatigable resiliance and unity in the face of, what can only be described as, truly catastrophic events!

There are also various images and illustrations peppered throughout the book which capture moments and ideas appropriate to the book's content.

If you've seen footage of the tsunami and its devastation, you'll understand why there are few first-hand accounts of it included in the book. In fact, most stories are from people who experienced the earthquake from the relative safety of Tokyo or other modernised parts of Japan. There are also some international contributions from people concerned about the people of Japan - sometimes particular people.

At a press conference, the book's editor 'Our man in Abiko' said that if the book is ever revised to include additional content, those who purchased it beforehand won't have to pay again to access it. Instead, it will be available as an update to download and augment the original book.

This book has enhanced my sympathy and affection for Japan and her people, please buy it so she can blossom once again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for Japan 16 April 2011
By Jane S
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, so I am closely related to Our Man in Abiko (the guy who first thought of the idea for Quakebook) but having now bought and read the book I can stand behind everything I write with an objective view.

Quakebook is a remarkable book made by a remarkable group of people from around the world. The speed at which this book was created and the method is perhaps a first (through Twitter). It is also the first time that I have read about an earthquake through the eyes of everyday people giving a very different view from the media. Not only this, but 100% of the money from the sale of the book is going to the Japanese Red Cross. Another first. Thanks Amazon.

The stories are heartfelt and honest accounts of the events only one week after the disaster from different perspectives, ages, areas of Japan and across the world helping to make this book a very interesting and insightful account of what was a terrible natural disaster.

If you want to help the people of Japan still suffering from the aftermath,please buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea for a great cause 16 April 2011
By Shiz
Format:Kindle Edition
This little e-book is a quick and engaging read and features the experiences and reactions of ordinary people to the recent Japanese earthquake, in their own words, photographs, and images. It is a fine example of citizen journalism and provokes a real human connection. A broad spectrum of people share their stories, both Japanese and foreigners, young and old, living within and outside of Japan. There's even a contribution from Yoko Ono. Definitely a wonderful idea and a worthwhile read for a good cause.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quakebook, a review 25 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Quakebook; a review

Out of all the tweets, blog posts, Facebook updates and everything in between, which flew around in the initial couple of weeks following the beginning of the quakes in Japan on March 11th. 2011, something coalesced together - partly intended as a record of note of the event and those affected by it, whether locally or internationally, and partly intended as a form of fund raising effort for those survivors of the tsunami, with the side-effect of raising awareness of what actually happened.

That thing was the #quakebook - "2:46 : Aftershocks : Stories from the Japan Earthquake" brought together by a cadre of essentially Japan based bloggers and Twitter fanatics, led by the most certainly not attention seeking @ourmaninabiko. I say that because even though it's simple enough to find out who he is, he's made a keen point with reporters and others not to be named in the media, and largely it seems like they've complied.

The book is currently only available as an e-book, for 9.99USD from most versions of Amazon, so I've just read mine in a single sitting, taking just a couple of hours.

This has been of interest to me, not just as a form of donation whilst receiving something, but because I myself was in much the same situation as many of the people whose accounts are in there, having been on the 20th floor of an office building in central Tokyo when the quakes began. What @ourmaninabiko and his team has done is capture a cross section of experiences from inside the country and from the outside, looking in. I suspect what I found most interesting were those entries which were not like my experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insider information 7 Mar. 2012
By Chopper
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have a Japanese friend who lived in Morioka and had to flee with her son after the triple whammy to her homeland.
She has not said much about it, she has just relocated and restarted her life. No fuss, no drama.

Having read this book, that is the impression I get of most of the contributors. Deal with it, put it behind them and move on.

The book also put a different viewpoint on events that the view pumped out by the paparazzi to persons not directly affected. The press at the time was very sensationalist and made it look like the Japanese people and government were helplessly slipping into the apocalyptic void. Reading this book has set the story straight.

This started me looking at how a natural disaster would affect my life and how I could reduce the impact.Making plans for the unthinkable.

A thought provoking read.
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