Posted on March 16, 2011 at 6:14 PM
Japanese Wisteria in my garden
One of the busiest intersections in Shibuya is half empty. "People are staying indoors," my sister Fuyuko said when I talked to her on Skyped this morning. It's spooky to imagine a dead Shibuya. The city is short of gasoline, toilet paper, cup noodles, heating pads, water - everyone is making emergency kits to prepare for a nuclear fall out. It sounds fictional but it is true and it is heart breaking.
Fuyuko says you can still buy fresh produce but she is worried it's not going to last. The government has scheduled black outs in the city to save energy. Some companies have shut down because they cannot operate without electricity. Fuyuko is a pastry chef who has a shop at home. She is worried that she will soon run out of flour, butter, eggs, sugar. Orders will stop. Students will cancel classes.
A friend who is married to a French person called Fuyuko to say that she was going to leave Tokyo and stay with her in-laws in France. I told my sister to pack up and come to LA. I will find a place for everyone. She can open a bakery here. You have to think of the worst case scenario.