Monthly Archives: April 2011

The fragrance of progress

This past week I returned to Sendai to help Food for the Hungry in its relief effort in the Tohoku region of Japan. Some things had changed. Unlike for weeks ago there were no more lines at the gasoline stations … Continue reading

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The never ending story never ends and something new as well

Tomorrow is our daughter Haruka’s 17th birthday. I remember back when she was ten and we were staying in Holland, Michigan for home assignment how she and her brother Akio would get up early on snowy mornings and turn on … Continue reading

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One month later and the earth still shakes

One month has past by since the initial earthquake and the aftershocks continue. Today once again there were several sizeable aftershocks and some anxious moments as tsunami warnings were issued once again and there were also a few tense hours … Continue reading

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My only comfort

This past Thursday evening as I was walking home there was a very strong breeze and I noticed that not only the trees we swaying with the breeze but the buildings as well. It was at that point that ground … Continue reading

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Where were you when the lights went out?

With six nuclear reactors no longer functioning and perhaps never functioning again, TEPCO, the private power utility who provides electricity to approximately one third of Japan including nearly all of Tokyo and nearby prefectures, is faced with the impossible task … Continue reading

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Sakura!

Things are really beginning to seem a lot more “normal” lately in Tokyo. Although, it is over a week later than usual the cherry blossoms have suddenly burst forth and pink canopy covers trees all over the city. And finally … Continue reading

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Patience is a virtue…

Today I posted one of the most boring two minutes of footage that I have ever uploaded to Youtube. It will give you a sense of what it means to wait in line. And that area in Sendai is much … Continue reading

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