Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Last August, Tanya wrote a great post that asked,"What would you save if your house were on fire?" For many families in Japan it appears that the question has become all too real. The LA Times ran a heartbreaking story today about people who are making mad dashes into the radiation hot zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in order to save a few family treasures. The paper reports:
On the drive to town, swaddled in clothing to protect them from nuclear fallout, [the Nikaidos] entertained a difficult question: How do you reduce a lifetime of memories and possessions into one mad-dash snatch and scramble? "I'm going to get some dishes, clothes and my computer: everyday things I can use to start a new life," said Seiko, who along with her mother has relocated to just outside Tokyo. "We can come back to collect the rest, the memories; that is, if they ever let us return here again."