Sendai, Japan

Almost exactly two years ago I got to visit a close friend in Sendai, Japan. I was fortunate that the cherry blossoms were in bloom and the weather was turning quickly from rainy to wonderful.

It was certainly a new experience to be there speaking absolutely no Japanese, but my friend was patient with me and her friends in the city helped me to feel warmly received. I remember Sendai as an incredibly beautiful place – covered with trees and gardens and filled with people who were, inexplicably, very concerned for me and for my experience there to go well.

My friend returned to America very recently after living in Sendai for a few years. She has heard from some of her friends in Japan, but she is waiting to hear from many more people in and around Sendai.

I have included some pictures below from my trip – in memory of the city before the tsunami, and with hope that it can and will be restored to glory one day.

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3 Responses to “Sendai, Japan”
  1. Darrell says:

    Despite the modern look (caused primarily by rebuilding post WWii) Japan is an ancient country and will be hard to rebuild. They have done it before and if their nuclear reactors can be brought under control before the entire country is polluted they can do it again. I predict they will be looking for buyers of their 700 to 800 billion dollars of American debt to help in the effort.

  2. Debra says:

    Thank you ever so much for sharing your pictures. The memory of Sendai. Our hearts cry for Japan!

  3. Mary says:

    As a friend has said, his heart feels ” hollow”, as he thinks about his relatives in Japan. He has heard nothing yet.
    These photos are almost unbelievable in contrast to the devastation we see on the news every day. How sad that many of the people in these pictures may not be alive today.
    Thanks, Joanna, for sharing them. It is heartbreaking.

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