Our itinerary did not have us going to the east coast that was hit so hard by the tsunami and nuclear reactor leaks, but inland to mountainous Bandai-Asahi National Park, then to Niigata (just south of the latitude line), and then by ferry to Sado Island (west of the main island and intersected by the line). We hope to learn about the captive breeding and release program for endangered Japanese crested ibis on Sado Island, whose success is closely tied to rice culture and forestry practices.
With food, water, and power shortages and an ever worsening nuclear reactor radiation leak situation, now is not the time to go to Japan. The estimated deaths from the tsunami keep growing, now almost 12,000 dead with another 15,000 missing. What a sorrowful tragedy
We now hope Japan will be the final country visited on our around-the-world travels, and hope to go in September if the recovery has progressed.
Our friend, Greg Reis, has a thoughtful blogpost about the on-going nuclear disaster: http://gregorreis.blogspot.com/2011/04/japanese-nuclear-disaster-at-fukushima.html
Japanese Red Cross Society Online
International Red Cross Appeals for Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
- Australia: http://www.redcross.org.au/japan2011.htm
- Canada: http://tinyurl.com/4l6kb77
- Ireland: http://tinyurl.com/4b5tpbn
- New Zealand: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate
- Singapore: http://www.redcross.org.sg/Japan-Disaster-2011.phtml
- United Kingdom: http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Japan-Tsunami-Appeal
- United States of America: http://tinyurl.com/6kqpjnl
American Red Cross via iTunes and Amazon.com
- iTunes: https://buy.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/buyCharityGiftWizard
- Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/4rcy5o3