So, livejournal.

Maybe three weeks ago my parents and I booked our flight to Japan. Our tickets are for April 2 and April 23. We booked hotels. I examined all manner of things, like trains, how to ship my books home, what clothes I would take. My plans for what bakeries I would visit solidified. I felt very busy indeed.

I feel like I am in a bad dream. (Yeah, I've noticed I'm being really dramatic.)

My problem is that this disaster just won't end. I was just going to call everything off indefinitely if there was a meltdown in Fukushima. Now they're saying things about partial meltdown that will be contained. I really don't know what to do with that. What I really want is the all clear signal. Is it over yet? Will Japan recover? How long after the aftershocks stop will it be okay to visit? Is this a cluster of earthquakes and disasters? Will there be another earthquake soon? Is Japan about to fall into the abyss? Am I even welcome? I know I'll be spending money in their economy, but do they really care to have an extra human life on the island, for pleasure, not business, right now? How about in three weeks?

At one point I was planning on being in the country right now.

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Depending on where you go things aren't all bad. I say come, examine, experience and partake.

Basically at this point I think the best thing for Japan is to get back to normal...

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I don't think you have to worry about radiation if you stay far enough away from Fukushima. Also, I've heard from my friends in Kansai that it's pretty much unaffected.

If you feel guilty about going, you can try contacting the embassy in Tokyo and see if they are asking for tangible donations of some kind? Sendai, Saitama, Ibaraki and Miyagi are running out of food in stores >_

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Aftershocks can actually go on for a very long time--years, even--after a big quake, but it depends on where you are in Japan as to whether or not they'll affect you.

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Even if there were both aftershocks and radiation in April, it's pretty unlikely that either one would actually be dangerous to you or anyone else. Japan can take aftershocks, and the dangers of radiation are frankly sort of overstated in general. They'd evacuate any area that was unsafe. The State Department would issue a travel advisory if you would be either in danger or a nuisance, and I am sure you would follow said advisory.

I would think of it as visiting in a different season. You might prefer spring to summer, but there's still something to be said for seeing summer once. You'd probably prefer Happy Season to Recovery Season, but, well, they're all Japan.

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I know how you feel. From last year to just about recently, I was going to book a trip from March 22 to April 26. At the very last minute, I decided to postpone my trip and plan for a year-long stay. Now I don't know what to do.

My cousin, who is also my closest childhood friend, left to Japan and arrived exactly 23 hours before the earthquake. Now I'm constantly worrying about her.


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