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.