Hangui2 l by voicesfromjapan published on 2013/02/19 11:27:48 +0000 It is now the second winter since the disaster, and I thought the sadness would have lessened by now, but it hasn’t gotten better - it’s actually gotten worse. Writing tanka to express my feelings of hopelessness somehow rescues me from despair. It is healing to write when I feel sad or lonely or deeply depressed, and so I write. Sometimes the Asahi newspaper selects my tanka for publication so that everyone can read them. And people have responded to my tanka, which has been really encouraging.