Inspired by many graphic artists and illustrators (just google image "save japan"), I had a go tonight at my own little poster to remember the day and the people of Japan.
We decided to cancel the hotel in Tokyo based on the unpredictable nature of radiation levels at this time. I'm still very excited for our trip, but it breaks my heart with the news of continuous aftershocks, rising death tolls and radioactive leakage.
USTREAMS stream of NHK World has been an incredible source for information. I find Canadian and American news to be a little more sensationalist. I like the straight forward fact approach of the directly translated Japanese network. The stories are touching and I've spent most evenings alone, sobbing over the horrific events. *sniff*
At this time, plans are a little in the air with the state of the nuclear power plant. If things look good closer to the date, our plan is to explore the central and western parts of Japan, from the Kansai area west to Hiroshima and Miyajima. The hotel/ryokan we booked in Miyajima for one night looks incredible. I can't wait to stay here. I'm also excited to be able to add Koyasan to our itinerary. Okunoin Temple looks like an incredible photo opportunity; a cemetery with over 200,000 tombstones.