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Snow in Ohara

Written on March 17, 2011

Yes.  Snow.  In March.

Well, it’s not so unusual in the Kansai area for there to be sun, rain, and snow all in one day in March, and, after all, Ohara, just a bit north of Kyoto is known for its snow.

So this is how it looked in Ohara two days ago–and yesterday in Kyoto city, there was intermittent snow during the day and evening.

My god.  To be in this country now is difficult: emotions of profound sorrow and fear permeate each waking moment, sometimes to the point where it feels unbearable.  In as much as we are all trying to be kind and polite and upbeat with each other, there is an undertone  of darkness in our exchanges that is unmistakable.

Keep praying for something positive to happen in Fukushima.  Each day brings news bleaker than the previous one.

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  1. Comment by velma Bolyard:

    you, and all of this amazing country, have been in my heart. may you be well, i can’t imagine how it is for you, for all, right now.

    March 17, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  2. Comment by caro:

    I check here every day to see how things are with you. On the map it doesn’t seem that far from Fukushima, where the news is increasingly grim. Take care.

    March 17, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

  3. Comment by Kathryn:

    I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be in Japan right now. Especially knowing what a caring and kind people they are, it’s so tragic to hear and see such devastation. Stay safe.

    March 17, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  4. Comment by Stephen:

    Dear Caro,
    Thank you for your kind words. Kyoto is about a 10 hour drive from the affected area–probably about 500 miles. We here are grateful to be safe and at such a distance. Still, the disaster and its victims–and all involved–weigh heavy in our hearts and minds.
    Stephen

    March 18, 2011 @ 12:56 am

  5. Comment by India Flint:

    none of us is an island
    and we are all in this together
    but
    some of us are fortunate in that we are not in the direct line of fire
    take care

    March 18, 2011 @ 2:54 am

  6. Comment by marchi:

    Sending love and holding hope for you and Japan. The people, the country, the culture, I am in awe. With sorrow, for the heavy challenges facing the country and gratitude for witnessing from afar the beauty of the people, I wish for Japan the courage she needs to find her way back to balance.

    March 18, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  7. Comment by Deirdre James:

    Our constant thoughts and prayers are with Japan, and it’s very sorrowful people.

    March 19, 2011 @ 8:29 am

  8. Comment by Martine:

    sending my love and prayers to Japan……..
    XXXm

    March 19, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  9. Comment by Nat:

    I have been shedding tear since the Tsunami struck. I’m in denier for what it happened! I’m due there in May with the silk study tour and the tour is not cancel. We will be there! Take care Stephen, my prayer is with Japan – Hugs Nat

    March 20, 2011 @ 4:31 am