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.