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Kamakura: What word for you sums up 2011?

by Charles Lewis

Mattia Cimolai
Student, 23 (Italian)
Change. I’m from Italy and this year a lot of things have changed there, like the government and so on.

Tomoko Takeshita
Masseuse, 33 (Japanese)
Change. After the disasters we were forced to reevaluate things that we used to take for granted.

Marco Feiler
Mathematician, 34 (German)
Nuclear power. Five years ago in Germany we decided to shut down nuclear plants within 10 years, and there are five more years to go.

Akira Imamichi
Retail sales, 31 (Japanese)
Change. I moved house this year, and there have been many big changes in my life.

Sumina Yamamoto
Museum receptionist, 29 (Japanese)
Vibrancy. I met a lot of new people this year and played the piano in concert several times.

Eoin O’Neill
Finance, 40 (Irish)
Changes. Globally there were lots of regimes that may not have been the best that people decided they got tired of, and they’ve moved on.

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