Japanese rice farmer Tsuna Kimura, 83, has an extraordinary story to tell: she escaped last week’s massive tsunami on a bicycle. Speaking to reporters about her ordeal, she claimed that at the time, she truly believed “Japan would disappear underwater.”

She also said her experiences after the quake and tsunami remind her of the country’s struggle to recover from the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

Even having survived the disaster, Kimura tells CNN, it’s yet unclear what she and most of the displaced Japanese people will do next.

This video is from CNN, broadcast Thursday, March 17, 2011.