Make time not to do your best. That's the point for doing your best.

a poster at Exchange and Information Center in Mashiki-cho



After the Kumamoto earthquake, Mashiki-cho, which was particularly severely damaged in the prefecture, called on residents like this. "Gamadasu" means do your best. The number of supporters will eventually decrease, but the difficulties involved in the reconstruction will increase. It's a long way. If you stay over-tensioned, you'll snap. So take it easy once in a while. From "Yaoikan Kumamoto Earthquake" by Yoshito Iwanaga, Yomiurishimbun reporter who covered the stricken area. "Yaoikan" means "very hard."


"May 24  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"