And its one of the best things I've read yet on the subject. The writer clearly spent a lot of time with this group of survivors, and was sucked in to the story of their ordeal, which he recreates in painstaking (and painful) detail: the shape of the miso they survived on for days; the huge snowflakes falling on the wreckage; the type of sake the store owner was trying to save from falling from the shelves, Buster Keaton-style, when he realized this was no ordinary earthquake and ran outside. One weird detail: there was a filipino crew on a giant commercial ship that essentially surfed the tsunami through the city as the harbor breached the sea walls. Afterwards, they refused to get off the ship. When they were finally persuaded, they were so terrified of the aftershocks that they ran into the hills. No one knows where they went, the writer says. Which begs the question: where DID they go? How are they surviving? I want to hear their story too!