One day we left Tokyo on the train and headed into the mountains to visit Nikko–an area that contains many ancient shrines. As our train left the giant, busy Shinagawa station, the countryside unfolded around us. The farther we got from the city, the more lovely it became.
The train stopped in many small towns and villages along the way, and as the distance from Tokyo increased, so did the many glances in our direction. Westerners on these local rail lines were not a usual site. My strongest memories of that ride are of the elderly women getting off and on the train.
They were tiny. Not just petite. They were tiny. Not much more than four feet tall and surely weighing no more than 75 pounds. I think they could’ve worn doll clothes. Think about those tiny women.
The other memory is of a park close to Tokyo. A local man had wanted to save many old, traditional structures from being torn down. He brought them to this park and recreated beautiful settings for them. Some are reached by paths through the woods, others are placed around water. Every view in that park is of something beautiful. Trees are planted just so. Bridges over the streams are cocked at just the right angle. It’s harmonic.
A few days ago, Husband emailed his Japanese business associates and friends and offered sanctuary for anyone evacuating. Here is one reply–it’s a little tough to follow because of the language, but you’ll understand the general drift of it;
“Actually, by the influence of Fukusima atomic power accident, we have to accept the planning electrical power blackout in Tokyo area. This cause the difficulty for employee to commute the office by stopping or shortage of train. And we are suffering for the shortage of gasoline, mineral water, instant food, dry-cell battery and so on, because of excessive individual stocking or logistics problem by earthquake damage.
On the result of many plant damage, we have to repair at once. In case of the matter under construction with foreign Supervisor, since they went back to own country fearing radioactive contamination, we are facing a big problem and have to tackle this to solve.
Anyway, here is our country and home town. Therefore, we have to re-establish Japan by our selves.
We are receiving many warm comment or proposal from over the world. In order to come through their hope, we should do our best.
If we need your help, we may ask you something. In that time, please kindly understand and cooperate, if it is possible.”
So here’s hoping that the tiny women and their families are all right and that the beautiful park wasn’t shaken too badly.
I’ll leave you with some pictures. You can click to see larger images.