So I was all jazzed about my plans to reunite with my old Kyoto friends, here in Japan. Then the earth disgorged its anger.
A vast earthquake, and the subsequent sea swells, hammered northeastern Japan as far southeast as Tokyo, where we all planned to meet. My friend living in America has cancelled the flight and it looks like the jig is up, justifiably so.
It’s very surreal to me, living in Osaka. Japan is a small landmass relative to America, but perhaps more geographically and logistically divided. I haven’t felt a stirring of the earth over here southwest of Tokyo, and the busy masses of people filing through the streets this weekend testify to how business trundles on without a threat of danger. The city’s canals did seem oddly low today, suggesting a backdraft of some sort. But Osaka harbor is in a cove isolated from the open ocean, so the waves have radiated eastward and avoided our part of the country.
Me and my Gunma friend were discussing the possibility of meeting in Tokyo anyway, especially since we cant “revoke” our taken vacation time from work…but I’m not sure how suitable Tokyo is as a vacation destination right now. If at all possible I’d like to spend time with a great friend, but I’d rather not drop into a disaster zone.