Four days after the quake

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We are still here in Tokyo. My husband hasn’t gone to the office because of limited train schedule but his job allow him to work from home. Stores are started to run out of food now because people are buying more than what they usually need. The sights of empty stores shelves, not to mention the dimmed light to save electricity, has caused more panic buying. This is bad for people in the disaster area where everyday food is scarce now.

I think the best thing to do now is to stay calm, not panic, and find the correct information before making any decision. The nuclear situation is worrying but so far everything is still safe here. My highest respect to the people who’ve been working hard at the nuclear reactor risking their own lives to keep the reactor cool. We will certainly leave when the situation become too risky to stay, but now is not the time yet.

Meanwhile, the disaster coverage has been running continuously on television, each time with new footage and stories from people who have had a close encounter with the disaster. People who have managed to escape, but lost their loved ones, their homes, their everything. I can’t imagine how that might feel.

But it is amazing to see people ‘s reaction towards the horrible event. We don’t see hysterical crying on television, although you can feel the unbearable sadness through their eyes and maintained words. News are delivered matter-of-factly, no gasps, no drama, and especially no dramatic music background. People turn to helping each other and everything is still kept in order.

My husband walked for 5-6 hours that night, but he didn’t have to worry about other things except walking. A lot of people were walking with him, no one was taking advantage of the other, no crime happened that night. No cars ran through red lights and no accidents. When the red lights for pedestrian turned on, everyone stopped walking and did some stretching. And when it turned green, they walked together again, in silence. You might think it is eerie, but that is what I call efficient. Don’t waste your breath talking or even crying because you need it to do more important thing.

Now that the disaster-stricken areas need electricity badly, the blackout schedule is started to roll this week. People cooperate by turning off unnecessary lights and limit using electrical devices. Stores are doing the same by turning off electrical doors, store signs, and background music. We try to do the same by staying in one room most of day, at night we only use one lamp in the room. The heater is off most of the day, after all we still have jackets to wear when it is too cold.

I looked out of my bedroom window last night and everything seems darker than usual. The spot where sign stores usually blinking were black. I don’t know, it is somehow beautiful that everyone is together in this, and everyone can participate in helping others even by only turning off the lights.

This is a strong and well-prepared country. And while I’m not a Japanese, I’m happy to be part of it right now. Ganbatte, Japan.

I’m joining the Japan Quake Appeal in cooperation with A Bit of This and A Bit of That, and will host a raffle for a bag of goodies. All you have to do is make a donation to GlobalGiving to enter the raffle. The raffle will be posted tomorrow after I take the pictures, so stay tuned. Please note that we are in no way affiliated with GlobalGiving, that’s just our chosen method of getting funds safely to the affected area.


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