This chapter deals with the effects of Fukushima and their meaning. One month after the tsunami on 11 March 2011, Osamu Nishitani asked where the future was. A deeper meaning however comes the questions asked about the “civilization of the atom.” The meaning of “after Fukushima” is further examined. The meaning of “after” is given much thought but in the context of the discussions in this book, it means not as a succession (as the word ordinarily means) but as “rupture” or something heading into the future, if there is any. It is the orientation that follows after. This is shown in the work of another Japanese poet Ryoko Sekiguchi. In a journal she kept a day before the tsunami, she said that according to Buddhist beliefs, on the forty-ninth day, the soul finally joins the spiritual life. Is there no consolation after this point?
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