The earthquake and tsunami that struck north-eastern Japan in mid-March was unreal, to say the least. Looking at pictures and news footage of the wreckage makes me really sad, especially as I recall the fantastic visits to the beautiful Land of the Rising Sun. It’s also doubly sad that such a calamity should strike just before the yearly Sakura or Cherry Blossom season, a time that signals the beginning of Spring and new beginnings.
I’ve read that this year’s celebrations are highly muted. And rightly so as the people struggle to get their life back in order. So a short post this month but lots of pictures that I hope shows this beautiful country – the friendly and warm people, the fantastic food and the gorgeous scenery.
‘Free Hugs’ at Harajuku!
Beautiful rays of evening light at Meiji Jingu – to me, it signifies hope
I’ve seen people who visit the temples put up their wishes within specially demarcated areas. This last picture represents my virtual prayer wish for Japan and her people – may this beautiful country be blessed with a speedy recovery!!