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The kids grimaced as we pushed open the peeling door and brushed aside the overgrown plants enveloping the small side yard.
Inside, the house was dusty, stale, dark and empty, other than a couple of skittering funamushi sea roaches. But even with the prospect of creatures inside, I was excited. My teenagers less so.
As my office shook and swayed around me, I huddled under my desk.
It was 2:46 on the afternoon of March 11, 2011, and the strongest recorded earthquake in Japanese history had just erupted off the northeast coast of Honshu.
When I was growing up in Australia, I would cut out pictures from magazines and paste together a vision of what my wedding would look like one day.
I imagined a day filled with family, friends, fairy lights, flowers, music and dancing. More than 20 years later, I was planning it for real with my fiancé, Jacob.
I have never been much of a trendsetter.
But in recent months, I have found myself suddenly and unexpectedly to be on trend. It feels strange.