A Message from Japanese Skater Ryo Sejiri

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Ryo Sejiri is an Oakley skater in Japan who has a message he would like to share in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated the country.

Oakley is proud to help get his message out:

“First of all, I would like to offer my sincere sympathy to the people who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in the northeastern area of Japan.

When the earthquake happened, I was in a 4th floor classroom. The school was shaken very hard by the earthquake. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake in Tokyo was a 6.0!

Unfortunately, a friend was in the northeastern part of Japan (which experienced a magnitude 9.0 quake). Luckily, he came back safely on the third day after the tragedy.

Upon his return, my friend told me, ‘The actual earthquake was not as I saw on TV. It was beyond my imagination!’

As I heard his story, I realized that my experience of the earthquake in Tokyo was far less than compared to northeastern Japan. I thought, ‘What can I do for them?’

Although it may be a very little thing, I thought it is important to do my best to support them in my own way.

The foreign media reports; ‘The Japanese are very patient and keeping public order.’

The Japanese cooperate together under any circumstances. I feel very proud of being Japanese. I am willing to cooperate in any way that I can. One person can make the difference in cooperating with each other.

I wish good health to all the people who are suffering the tragedy.

Ryo Sejiri

Author

Elishia Matta

Date

March 31, 2011