I feel like we were just there experiencing the kindness and hospitality of the people of Japan. And since we've returned, when I think of vacations, I can only think of going back to Japan. It hurts my heart to see all the devastating photos and footage that have come out in the past 6 days.
Something that helps is to see how ordinary people rally to try and help. For instance go to etsy.com and type in the word Japan, and you will get a list that if you dig you will find people donating a portion of their sales to Japan relief. These are not huge conglomerates, just small business owners doing what they can.
I bought this from such a person from her shop on etsy:
The picture is called Thinking of Home, and the artist Naoko Stoop is originally from Tokyo, Japan now living in Brooklyn, NY. There is something so sweet and wistful about the picture, it reminds me of being homesick when I lived in England. The picture is $20 with $10 going to the Red Cross Japan. While there browse her other pictures, all will take you back to being a kid and the wonderful ways you would fill the hours of the day.
Japan, I can't stop thinking about you. Thank you for teaching the world a lesson about grace in the face of disaster.