March 27, 2011

strawberry sweets and my latest picks from the news...

The latest news in Japan, as of my writing of this blog (Kyodo English) is focused on the radioactive water found inside the buildings adjacent to the nuclear reactors in Fukushima.


This is serious.  The level is much higher than it should be and it is not getting any lower. Which means something is leaking...  However, we are being asked to stay calm since this is still indoors and is not an immediate threat to those outside of the building...PLUS there are multiple reports coming out as I type about the level and how high it is or isn't... There is still so much confusion and TEPCO is not making things better with the way they provide the information.


As optimistic as I can be, this disturbs me not just because of the seriousness and chaotic information flow. The real threat is invisible. Although Japan has a history that shows us the devastating effects of radioactivity, it did not deter some of the people living in the power plant area from rushing back to their homes.

For people who had to evacuate quickly and empty handed, it has been a stressful 2 weeks. Some 50 or so residents from the evacuated areas went back to their homes to gather a few of their belongings and to feed their cattle (I can't imagine how bewildered the animals must be).
The residents have all been re-evacuated by the Japanese self defense force.


In the meantime, there have been demonstrations outside of the Tokyo Power Company calling for all the nuclear power plants in Japan to close.  This isn't being featured on the news but I have seen the tweets and a bit on the *NHK world news website.

*For the NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Company) world news website in English with the latest updates and radio on demand (click here).

Also please check out:

Marie Mutsuki Mockett has written another beautiful piece which can be read on the New Yorker blog, about her family in Japan.  You can read it here.


What am I doing between the news updates (that I try as much as possible to stay away from)?
Well, Monday through Friday was work at the office.  Since things are rather normal in our part of the country it all seems unreal when we can't deliver goods as fast as we usually can, due to the power shortages in Tokyo.  Most people are understanding.

And now for the relaxing part...
On Saturday, I had waffles...with whipped cream, custard...and yes, strawberries.
Good stuff!
As if that were not I had...
cream roll cake with strawberries

and I bought books...

Ape House by Sara Gruen and Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
The CDs were bought a month ago but I finally got them into my i-pod...
and I think I forgot to post this picture I took at my mom's house earlier this year...
Look for my fingers at the bottom of the picture for comparisons (my fingers are not gigantic)!

This is a strawberry.


Maggie May said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. We are not getting as much news in England now, because of the situation in Libya, which has taken over our news at the moment.
We are having demonstrations over here too about our nuclear power stations and it does make one wonder just how safe they are.

Your waffle and sweet/ strawberries look delicious and your books tempting.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Small Kucing said...

are those real strawberi? They are gigantic!How it taste like?

Frances said...

Oh dear Tulsa, how I do thank you for this post.

I read news from Japan on the web, and then see some sort of delayed version on our cable news, and then a retraction of some report. It is so terrible to not know what actually is true. Or is it? I do not write this lightly.

My friends and I are so upset that it seems that the Japanese public whose traditions include trust and patience, might have had these traditions played with. I hope that is not true. We New Yorkers are all a bit cynical, and that does not always mean that we are wiser or happier.

Best wishes to you and yours, Tulsa. We continue to send strong positive thoughts and prayers in your direction.

I am so honored to have this connection to you.


I_am_Tulsa said...

Dear Maggie, although the news here is centered around the tsunami and quakes aftermath etc. the news that fills in the gaps are Libya and the NZ matter what we see it's not so good...the things keeping me sane right now are blogging, food, books and music and most ironically, work. :-) I shall post more about the books once I've read them!

Small Kucing, Yes! That is a real strawberry! It was as big as my hand!

Frances, it all seems like we are in a movie based on a mixture of 1984, the Fifth Element and and Catch 22. Thank you so much for the prayers and believe me, the pleasure of having a connection across the ocean is ALL MINE! Thank YOU!

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

Hello thoughts and prayers are yours! I haven't been a good blogger for awhile now but hope to do better and at least keep a check on you my friend! XOXO

Prasad said...

During this earthquake & tsunami Japan is facing so many problems and also with the nuclear power plants leaking of radiation. This radiation will not be effect present on the people of the japan but also it will effect in the future so no other country will try to build nuclear power plant.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Carol, thank you so ouch for your prayers...I look forward to your posts so keep 'em coming when you have the time!

Prasad, I hope you are right! :-)

Lori ann said...

Goodness gracious!! look at that strawberry!

I am so sorry for everything, I worry and pray for all of Japan, that no more harm comes to anyone. And yes, thank you for your reports.

I LOVE those cd's and now i'm wanting those books. I'm reading Water for Elephants now.

take good care Tulsa

donna baker said...

I really am in Tulsa and hurt so for the Japanese. Send my heartfelt love for their peoples and hope that they can withstand this. I know they will. Love your blog. My last post is about the movie CHERRY BLOSSOMS (HANAMI).

I_am_Tulsa said...

Lori, I loved Water for Elephants so just had to get Sara Gruen's new book! I'll try to update soon on my take on the news over here...thank you so much for your prayers!

Donna, Yeah!!!! Someone in Tulsa!!!! I took a peek at your blog on my phone earlier and was just so happy with the variety of your posts! I am going to check it out again now!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Thank you for sharing your news. It is so interesting to learn things from those there rather than just from our news reports. And... gorgeous strawberries. Keep us up on how you're doing with everything!

Merisi said...

Thinking of you.

Frances said...

Hello Tulsa,
Hoping that you and your loved ones are doing well. I continue to follow news from Japan, and think about how many families are being seriously affected by all that continues to develop.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Thank you Frances! It was a weird week since we had another big earthquake in Japan...I am ok but Japan still needs to be in prayers... <3