It’s so strange, we’ve been having the most beautiful- though chilly- spring days here in Tokyo after the earthquake. The sky is bluer than I ever remember seeing it. It’s like Mother Nature is trying to make up for what she’s done. Sorry Mother Nature, it’s going to take a lot more than that!
I went out yesterday to get some supplies and mail some packages. First I went to the post office to mail out some Etsy purchases from my shop. Nothing stops the glitter troll- rain, nor snow nor sleet nor tsunami. Shameless plug: 100% of profits from my Etsy shop for items sold in March and April (and possibly beyond) will be donated to earthquake/tsunami relief. I know it’s more efficient to donate the money directly, but this at least gives me some nails to paint, which is a welcome distraction.
Things looked pretty normal at the post office, they crabbed at me about my placement of stamps, as usual. There is one employee there I call Big Glasses who is a stickler for the rules- she actually makes me write the # of grams on each package. An estimate will not do, it has to be placed on the scale and then she makes me write the weight of the package. She always looks very satisfied, especially when she makes me fill out additional invoices or whatever postal hoop she can think up. I think she suspects I’m a drug runner. But Big Glasses wasn’t there yesterday.
From there, I ventured out to a nearby grocery store on foot, as I always do. I saw only old folks outside- it was weird. It was partly the time of day- mid afternoon, but I didn’t see anyone but old people. It was a bit odd. The grocery store had plenty of food, just no milk, bread, ramen, rice, water, or….booze. It was my first laugh-out-loud moment in a few days- everyone was buying tons of booze! I guess they figured if it all ended, they wanted to have one last rousing good party.
The US, UK, France and Australia have recommended leaving Tokyo as of yesterday but it looks like they’ve partially restored electric power to the Fukushima nuclear plant. Phew. Things are not stable yet by any means but that’s a good step. Some of the last ditch efforts they were trying (pumping seawater in the reactors, having helicopters drop water from above) were starting to seem comical. I mean, I was expecting them to start throwing ice cream cones at it to cool it down. Cute ice cream cones with sprinkles on them, cause that’s just how Japan rolls.
So that was the first good news we’ve had since the whole “Nuclear Incident” started. We’re not out of the woods yet but getting the power restored was definitely a start.
When this is over, I am taking a long vacation on the beach in either Thailand or Malaysia. I’m going to eat endless amounts of tropical fruit, snorkel with the fishes, and read all those books I’ve been meaning to catch up on.
Thanks to everyone for your well-wishes, thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate it and it means a lot. I’ll keep you guys updated here and let you know what’s going on as best as I can.