From the illustrator's essay, "The Anchor" (carried in "Pictures And Words In A Day From That Day" edited by Daisuke Tsutsui). Her friend who was more reliable than her passed away due to disease just before the earthquake. Losing not only her parents who lived in Aomori surviving the disaster but also a cat that was scared at aftershocks together in Tokyo, she spends unstable days. While their absence comes home to her heart quietly, she thinks alone like this: as long as she lives, "she has no other choice but to lower the anchor with her hands no matter how hard she struggles."
"May 19 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"