日本での一年間

March 19, 2011

Meanwhile, in Western Japan…

Filed under: Events, Inaka Life — myyearinjapan @ 4:48 pm

I apologize for the lack of posts recently. For a while I was glued to the television watching the news.

If you’ve been watching the news lately (be it the American, British, Aussie news or practically any other), you’ve certainly heard a lot about the CRISIS in Japan. Watching the news from abroad, you would think that the entire country is at a stand still, lacking basic necessities. But Japan is not a tiny country. Yes, parts of Japan are suffering. Particularly the North-East part of Honshu Island. In Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures, people are lacking heat, food, hygiene products, water, medicine and other necessities. The one-two punch of a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that reached 12 meters (40 ft) in some areas has destroyed infrastructure and wiped away entire towns. The current situation at the nuclear plant in Fukushima is making things worse for the people farther North because it is another obstacle preventing goods from reaching the North. Also, the people leaving Fukushima add to the number of total evacuees in Japan. At the time of this posting, 7,653 people have been confirmed dead and over 19,000 people are missing, according to NHK. The nation is in mourning.

But where I am, hundreds of miles to the West of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant, life goes on like normal.

Famima

Local Family Mart convenience store on Thursday 3/17. No food shortage here.

No lights on in the freezer. The sign says that the company is "lighting down" all their freezers to conserve electricity in the wake of the earthquake.

This energy conservation idea was a untrue rumor with good effects. Many people in Japan were told to conserve electricity after the tsunami stopped several nuclear reactors that supplied energy to Eastern Japan. While people in Eastern Japan could help conserve electricity and thereby ensure that people who needed it got necessary electricity, people in Western Japan were unable to help.  The reason is that Eastern Japan runs on a 50 hrz frequency and Western Japan runs on a 60 hrz frequency. But saving electricity is always good for the environment, right?

Bike resting by a house, Sat 3/19.

Cabbage Patch.

This cabbage is looking pretty good.

At the local housing goods store. Pretty busy on a Saturday.

High schoolers biking down the street.

TVs at the local electronics store show news about the quake and nuclear plant. This man in the face mask, who is evacuating, is talking about how hard it is to leave home.

At a nearby gas station. Gasoline prices have gone up about 10 yen per liter since the quake.

Plenty of everything except for Grape Fanta at the supermarket. (Why Grape Fanta????)

I've been hearing a lot of about supermarkets in the East with little or no food, but that is simply not the case here.

Bread section

Also plenty of meat.

These crabs were still moving! And they were watching us watching them!

All the fresh fish

Sweet potatoes

onions, potatoes, carrots

Cabbages

The local produce section

A mini-shopper with a mini-shopping cart

Another sign of the earthquake's effects. This store is short of batteries. They have a sign up apologizing and saying that it's because of the earthquake.

Does this seem like a place in crisis? I think not. But just because people are going about their lives, does not mean that they have forgotten that people are suffering. I have seen people donating money, blankets, food, water, and anythings else they can. I have seen people donating blood and offering to open up their homes if anyone who has lost their home needs a place to stay. The devastation caused by the great quake and tsunami are never far from people’s minds. If you would like to help, please consider a donation to the Red Cross, Save the Children, or any other charity of your choice. Even a small amount can help, so please give what you can. And if you are in a disaster prone area, I urge you to prepare an emergency kit and familiarize yourself with emergency procedures.

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5 Comments »

  1. Hi Susannah,
    Thanks for this reassuring post. I’m happy that life is so normal where you are and I sincerely hope Grape Fanta isn’t your drink. Take care! Hugs, Adrienne and Syd

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — March 19, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    • Hi Adrienne,
      This post was my mom’s idea actually. I’m sure that she just wanted to be reassured herself. And grape fanta isn’t my drink, so no worries there!

      Comment by myyearinjapan — March 19, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  2. “why grape fanta?” puahahaha. made my day.

    Comment by jennyo — March 21, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

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