The northeastern part of Japan is now in chaos. And my wife and I who live in the suburban area of Tokyo are going to be involved in this chaos from tomorrow.
The power company Toden abruptly announced late last night that they will shut down power supply for six hours a day from tomorrow in our area, three hours during day time and three hours at night time because of the breakdown of nuclear power plants located in Fukushima, the northern area of Japan, that was hit by the earthquake the day before yesterday. The planned blackout may last at least until the end of April, Toden said.
I have never experienced the daily life without electricity in my life, if we had a power breakdown for a minute or two. Now everything runs on electricity in this highly electrized society, TVs , heatings, computers, fridges, as well as lightings. We have forgot the olden ways of living without electricity, which our grandpa's generation knew.
But, I think we should endure the suffering, "only six hours a day" primitive life, when I think of the people who suffered tsunami damage, lost their lives or lost their family members or their houses. The news reports that more than ten thousand people have died mostly in the tsunami. The worst case: a town called Minami-Sanriku-cho with the population of 17,000 was totally devastated by the monster tsunami, resulting in the loss of more than half of its population. I guess the total death in this earthquake disaster with the magnitude of 9.0 will increase more than twenty thousand.
My wife and I have survived and we are so fortunate to be able to continue a happy life. I remember the "poor" days in my childhood, though I never thought of it "poor." This is the chance to realize the primitive ways of living and to enjoy the new vivid life without electricity. tommy