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東日本大震災翻訳プロジェクト〔第21話〕

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Working without a rest

SUZUKI Toru, 65, cafe manager
Translated by MATSUMOTO Yuki

 Many things were scattered in my shop. In particular, oil used for frying was scattered everywhere. Hot oil was overflowed by shaking of the earthquake. It was terrible. I cleaned up the shop as much as I could, and I did not stop delivering lunch box even the next day. Although I could not open the cafe due to water outage, I did not stop delivering of boxed lunch even for one day. Evacuation? It does not matter to us such a thing. Two times a day, I went to the Water department to draw water. I used cooking bowls and garbage bags for carrying water.

 I kept delivering lunch box to City Hall, Water department, and funeral hall. As I could not buy in foodstuff, I could make only simple dishes such as rice balls, boiled food and fried food. Every day I cooked for 400 to 500 persons. I have nine staff, but half of them could not come to the café. As we cooked only simple food, it did not cause a big problem. My neighbors were surprised and said to me “You café is open!?” I could not make sandwiches as I did not have bread anymore. Then, some regular customers came with bread, and asked for making sandwiches. The others came with water for cooking rice.

 

 Note: Mr. Suzuki runs Cafe Jeunesse in Uchigo-ojima in Iwaki. After the quake, he kept opening his café without a rest even one day. He delivered boxed lunch for those who were engaged with restoration works. Indeed, he was in charge of logistics. His café’s specialty is Atsuyakitamago (thick omlete) sandwich.

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