My hotel, The Asia Center of Japan, on a quiet street in Embassy district of Akasaka, was upgraded 2 years ago. Single accommodation is only $69, including breakfast buffet. Outside my preferred room, the tree had grown so large, the view of Tokyo Tower had disappeared. But, this view was actually a lot better. It was a lot like being in a tree house. In the warm evenings, cicadas lulled me to sleep. And, when it rained, the tune of raindrops in the branches brought deeper relaxation, reducing jet lag. All I heard at night were the sounds of Nature -- Amazing in such a huge metropolis.
I had an appointment to teach Mirai-san qigong on the grounds of this 12th century samurai castle in Aizu Wakamatsu. Kuniyoshi had scouted out a secluded place in the trees in the vicinity of a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Tokugawa Shogun of that period forthe class.
The weather, which had been fairly mild that day, suddenly altered, and a chilly wind poured into the valley from the surrounding mountains. After guiding the foundational practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong, LIFT CHI UP/ POUR CHI DOWN, we offered respects to the ancient shrine and the three of us went down to the little snack bar and ordered hot yuzu juice to warm ourselves.
I was waiting for Kuni and Mirai-san, who went to the restrooms and turned to find the most lovely, child-like being sitting next to me, smiling at me. Her energy was light--Light, itself. We gazed into each other's eyes and smiling for a while. I was utterly charmed by her innocence. Later, we saw her walking to her nearby home.
Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture
Demonstrations against Nuclear power blocked traffic in front of Tokyo's main station on Tuesday, Oct. 30. With difficulty, I secured a taxi to my hotel. I asked the driver if the demonstration, which was extremely loud and ,many people strong, had to do with Nuclear, and he said he didn't know! Perhaps he didn't understand my question, or perhaps he didn't want to reveal what is now becoming a cultural about-face in a country with a history of not questioning authority.
There appears to still be a coverup going on in Japan about the man-made disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant the day of the Great Eastern earthquake and tsunami. Radiation is still leaking out of the plant and I was told that the radiation levels in the ocean in front of the plant are at the same high level as the first day of the disaster.
This event is bringing the Japanese out to voice their anger--something that has really never before happened in their history.
In Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, I witnessed a group of perhaps 20 people standing in the street with banners and placards demonstrating against the re-opening of a nuclear plant in the Kansai area. The government cited a concern for the need for power in the heavily populated area of Osaka in the coming summer as the reason to re-operate it.
The tsunami was 40 feet high when it rose out of the sea and swept away the area of Yuiage.
The disaster plan in place was that people go to the school building, which they did. The wave inundated the school and all within perished.
Nothing is left of the neighborhoods, the lives and the dreams of the people who lived here except cement foundations and shards of broken pottery.
We cannot begin to understand the loss.
Sherry Remez is an Internationally published Inspirational, Travel and Feature Writer specializing in Cultural Preservation; Entrepreneur; Artist; Certified QiGong Instructor and Energy Healing Practitioner.