Here’s my personal update:
I spent a majority of the winter with his family in Fukushima. You know? The place where the Nuclear Power Plants are located. Fortunately, they are in Aizu-Wakamatsu City, which happens to be the *only* city in Fukushima with electricity. It is located on the other side of the mountain. They are fine for now. They await word to evacuate.
The Kitano family is currently housing 17 refugees ages 1 year old to 80+ from Iwate earthquakes, tsunami, and Nuclear Power Plant. I am so proud of my Japanese family. They make rounds daily to their neighbors while 17 people live with them. My Tokyo community is sending towels, blankets, thermals to endure the snow and winter temperatures. They will be fine. You can read about Go, Go, Tokiko! (Kitano mom) here.
His mom makes homemade miso from soybeans which coincidentally has fermented in time for this disaster. They also happened to have rice. So, they have enough to get by for the time being. There is no gasoline. Stores are rationed. The roads are closed for the most part so they cannot leave. The Kitano family is housing other families whose homes were destroyed this week in other areas of Fukushima. Yuji’s mom makes rounds to make sure the elderly are well and collecting blankets to share. It keeps her mind busy while the quakes continue. I am proud of their strength and courage.
Meanwhile, the death toll and missing rise daily. The scale is bigger than anyone ever could have imagined. It has been […]