What you see on TV looks tragic, but the majority of the area where the Tohoku earthquake was felt, but where the tsunami didn't reach, did not sustain serious damage. And I really don't understand why foreign media outlets are so focused on interviewing people in Tokyo. It's quiet in Tokyo, nothing happens in Tokyo. It seems to me that Tokyo is the only place in Japan that some foreign reporters are familiar with.
We're not in Tokyo, we are about 110 km north of Tokyo, closer to the epicenter in Sendai. And this is what the average damage looked like here:
Inside the house, there was broken glass:
and things were thrown all over the place:
There were also cracked walls and ceilings, but nothing major.
The real problem is that the highways are still closed and that there is no gasoline:
and the store shelves are pretty bare:
and the trains are still not running:
And that's the situation in Utsunomiya.
This is my Show Me Japan entry for this week.
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