Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Secret Asian Man: Far away thoughts

By Tak Toyoshima
20 Mar 2011

Tak Toyoshima reflects on his feelings after the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan and its continuing aftermath through his comic Secret Asian Man.

I have to say that I’ve been especially touched by how people (neighbors, bank teller, school bus driver...) have been asking if I had family in Japan and if everyone was OK. It’s a nice balance to the ridiculous nastiness and public displays of ignorance.

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*This comic was originally published on the Secret Asian Man blog on March 17, 2011.

© 2011 Tak Toyoshima


Tak Toyoshima

Since 1999, Tak Toyoshima has been creating the comic strip Secret Asian Man which has been printed as a monthly, a weekly and a daily syndicated strip. SAM focuses on the dynamics between groups such as race, religion, politics, dog people vs. cat people and any other group we find ourselves associated with. Keep up with SAM at

Updated March 18, 2011


2 comments on this post

vkm at 3:49 p.m. on Mon 21 Mar 2011

Hi Tak - thanks so much for sharing this with us on Discover Nikkei. I've never been to Japan, but I've been feeling the same way. - vicky

Masaji at 12:56 p.m. on Tue 22 Mar 2011

Thanks, Tak! We all need to support the people of Japan in whatever way we can now. A friend of mine in Fukushima lost his house and farm. He also lives 35km from the damaged nuclear power plant. He still feels luck that all of his family is safe. We all have to help!

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