Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of concern following the quake and tsunami. Thankfully Kyoto was unaffected but we are horrified at the images of utter devastation that we are seeing on the TV. Even in Japan it's easy to become complacent about these threats as big quakes and tsunamis are relatively rare, but yesterday's events are a reminder that they can and do strike.
I'm amazed at the fortitude of the Japanese people who, without any melodrama, hysterics or hand-wringing immediately pull together and swing into action to deal with the crisis. They have a quiet, can-do, level-headed and practical approach, even in the face of such tragedy, which is most admirable.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected.
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