First things first — thanks for all the interest and support for the Action Craft Blankets for Japan project! It sounds like we’ll have quilts and knitted blankets coming from all over the United States, which is great news. I’m very touched by all the kind words and generosity, and excited to see what everyone sends over!
A few people have asked what they can do for Japan even if they don’t craft. Money never hurts. There are a lot of organizations sending aid into Japan now, so I suggest looking around for one with a mission that you feel strongly about — food banks, temporary shelters, architecture and design for rebuilding, medical aid — check here for many options.
Another great project is #quakebook, a Twitter-sourced compilation of stories and images from earthquake and tsunami survivors, available soon as a digital publication and later in print. All revenue from the sale of the book go directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. For more information on 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake, check out the link here. A friend has been working like crazy doing the editing, and I’ve heard nothing but positive things from her about the experience. Sounds like an interesting project, so I encourage you to check it out.
Life in Tokyo is settling down again. Lights remain dim, about half of the escalators and vending machines around my neighborhood are turned off. The local grocery store limits bottled water to one-per-person, but there are plenty available for purchase. Milk, eggs, bread and rice have all returned to store shelves. Earthquakes are less frequent, which makes me wonder if they are back to their usual frequency though I’m just more attune to them now.
I’ve returned to my usual daily duties, running errands around town without difficulty. Dan and I were even lucky to visit Nagoya this weekend, where we stayed with a friend and her parents, visited festivals, found cherry blossoms in bloom, and ate our way through the weekend. It was really fantastic, and I promise to post more details and photos soon.
Until then, a glimpse of Spring…