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‘My family, my friends are all safe.’

High and low points of a stay in America for Japanese student
patricks@lakevillejournal.com
Despite some anxious moments, Shiho Tamaki, an exchange student from Japan, is adjusting to life in America. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

FALLS VILLAGE — Shiho Tamaki, a Japanese exchange student attending Housatonic Valley Regional High School this year, had some anxious moments last month when the first massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.

The 17-year-old senior hails from Kamagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo and part of the greater Tokyo area.

She said she couldn’t get through by telephone for a couple of days, “but my family, my friends, are all safe.”

As the news broke, she watched on television and felt a strange sense of unreality.

“I couldn’t understand what was happening. Is this a movie?”

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