Blackouts may well be starting from tomorrow, and petrol is suddenly at a premium, but in many ways it was business as usual in Tokyo today; trains were running, shops opened and people were out and about doing whatever it is they do.
That said, everything was understandably subdued, with the horrible events further north never really far away. And, at a fire walking festival that perhaps surprisingly went ahead, but at the same time offered those there a welcome break, prayers that would have otherwise been directed elsewhere, were focused solely on those who have tragically lost their lives, or loved ones.
A gesture that, even for those not religious like myself, was incredibly poignant, and a stark reminder of just how lucky we were in this massive city of millions.
Life must go on. Thanks for breaking the stream of grim images with this peaceful one. Japan will recover. I hope the survivals in the affected regions will recover from the mental damage too. Our thoughts are with them. And thanks for not mentioning god; this is Mother Nature.
Cheers Ed. And yeah, I’ve been thinking the same thing. There are going to be a lot of people who need an awful lot of help in more ways than merely physical. I just hope they get it.
the Japanese are impressive in taking action against this calamity. I hope Japan can recover soon!
It’s going to take a long time that’s for sure…
So pleased to see you’re OK and life is slowly slowly returning to normal. The resilience and calm of the people of Japan is inspiring. We are all thinking of Japan right now.
Thanks Thomas. Yeah, in many ways it’s easy for us in Tokyo, but the fortitude of those in the worst hit areas is incredible.
Beautiful, Lee. Thanks for posting it. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the pictures of devastation coming out over the past few days.
Thanks Jessica. And yes, it certainly is…
Have you seen them?..
Indian family goes missing in Iwaki Province, Japan.
An indian ‘Narinder Kumar with his Japanese wife and 3 sons have gone missing in Iwaki province of Japan since the day earthquake and tsunami hit the country. He owns a three-star hotel in Iwaki province and had left India 13 years ago to get settled in Japan. He is a native of Kurali village, Karnal district, Haryana in India.
Narinder, his wife Maria and their three kids – Yash (11), Major (7) and Marish (5) have gone missing.
a remarkable image of spirituality in this suffering of your people luck to you
I love your people and your nation. My prayers are with you all. Higher power will get you through this.
Japan, the whole world draws near you, and comes to help you in this time of trouble.
Isaiah 41:5-6 (Bible – Old Testament)
The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.