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).
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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.
As if that were not enough...today 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.|