Volunteers appeal for donations.
On Tuesday, we left Tokyo and headed for Kyoto.
Here is a quick summary of life in the city:
- While I cannot say life here is normal (I don’t know the city very well), there are few disruptions in the city.
- Public places such as restaurants and bars are not focused on the news. Muzak and jazz are often heard in the background.
- Supermarkets and convenience stores are fully stocked, though some items, such as large batteries, are more difficult to come by.
- Volunteers looking for donations for earthquake relief are often receiving notes, not coins.
- Finding hotels is relatively easy, but at the weekend a lot are fully booked with tourists heading into the city to view cherry blossoms. Needless to say, there will likely be a lot of cancellations due to the earthquake and also the snow this week.
- People entering the city from east Japan are complaining of "sea legs" and feeling earthquakes that are not happening.
Photo by Richard Smart.