The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, otherwise known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, left Japan shattered in 2011. With a magnitude of 9.0, this earthquake is the most powerful recorded earthquake to ever have hit Japan.
According to the National Police Agency, there were 15,884 deaths, 6,147 people injured, 2,636 people missing, 127,290 buildings totally collapsed, 272,788 buildings ‘half collapsed’ and 747,989 buildings partially damaged.
Among those who died in this tragic earthquake was the daughter of a 59 year-old father and a 51 year-old mother.
Although the identity of this family remains hidden, Kotaku reports, “The daughter graduated high school in 2003 and got a job as a bus guide in Kyoto. After that, she returned to her hometown of Otsuchi and got part-time work. It was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The daughter was in Otsuchi town hall, which was swallowed by the tsunami. She was never found.”
The parents were left grief-stricken and the father reportedly stopped caring whether or not he lived or died.
Suddenly, three years after the death of their daughter, the parents received a letter from her.
“Mom and Dad, by the time you get this letter, perhaps you’ll have a grandchild?” the daughter wrote. “I think I’ll be married with a child, but what if I’m all alone?”
The parents quickly wondered if their daughter was still alive. After all, her body had never been found. Instead, they discovered that she wrote the letter ten years ago on January 10, 2004. She had used a service called “Heartful Letter” which will hold your letter and deliver it ten years later.
“Dad and Mom, you have taken so, so much care of me,” she wrote, “From now on, I will take care of the both of you.”
The touching letter was enough to pull the couple out of their grief. They have decided to live of happiness that would make their daughter proud.