Japan is really up against it right now. Earthquakes are averaging one an hour, tsunamis have killed thousands, a volcano is erupting, it's very cold, radiation is scaring everyone, transportation is at a standstill, there are major power outages and food and water are in short supply. It’s the perfect storm of disasters.
I’ve visited Japan several times and have been lucky enough to stay with my wife’s relatives instead of hotels. I’ve really gotten to see how they live their everyday lives. They are very much like us, yet they are nothing like us. There are a few things I can tell you about them with certainty…
There will be no looting and there will be little or no crime during this time. There will be none of the unrest, rudeness, or sense of entitlement, we’ve come to expect in our country when times get bad. People will not be expecting the government to do everything. These people take care of each other. Whatever Mother Nature and failed technology throw at them, they will endure it with grace, humility and respect for others. You’ve seen them on TV, waiting in long lines trying to buy what little food is available, right? Did you see and pushing and shoving? No, you didn’t see it, because it is not in their nature to do so.
Is Japan perfect? No it is not. Their government has made some major blunders throughout the years. Having said that, the people are the nicest and gentlest, I’ve ever seen. If you are lucky enough to travel there, you will find that they don’t expect you to speak Japanese. In fact, most will be embarrassed because they don’t speak your language!
I didn’t mean for this to be so long. Because of my crazy upbringing, I’m not easily affected by current events, but I have to tell you, this unfolding tragedy is kicking my ass. If you have any positive and healing thoughts, or any prayers you can make. The Japanese can surely use them...
Dinner at Aunt Junko's house.
Yes, everyone is sitting on the floor!
Get together at Aunt Kiku's house
Dinner out with Aunt Toshiko.
My wife's mom is in the front right.