He writes about the Japanese word "gaman," which he translates as "toughing it out," but also means something like "do your best."
The way I remember the word being used was when a Japanese person is studying for a test or competing in a race...doing something that requires great strength, discipline, and concentration, others will say "gaman kudasai." This article talks a little bit more about the meaning of the word.
In the aftermath, small glimpses of hope arise...such as the man found on the top of his house, which was floating 9 miles from the shore (sadly, his wife was washed away)...and this 4-month-old baby, found in the rubble:
lovely piece written by a writer/online friend Suzanne Kamata, who lives in Shikoku, Japan...she shares her thoughts of loss and grief for people who have lost so much.
I know the Japanese will "gaman" better than any other people can. They have already begun this process. My heart is in Japan right now, and I ache for what they are going through.