March 11 will mark 6 years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku (Northeast) region of Japan that led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
In Tokyo, 150 miles away, we fled our homes and workplaces in panic to witness helplessly on tiny cellphone screens as the massive tsunami swallowed up entire villages. Ultimately, 16,000 lives were lost and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.
Although my home had suffered only minor cracks, I feared going back inside for days as the aftershocks continued. As anyone who’s experienced a large earthquake knows, you cease trusting the ground beneath your feet. You want to run far away to escape what’s happened, but eventually—if you’re fortunate enough to survive—you must return to face the damage and start picking up the pieces of your life.
It’s been a little difficult for me to go back to writing about a vegan diet and new vegan recipes given events of March 11 and the ongoing crisis just 150 miles away in Japan’s Tohoku (northeast) region.
We grieve for those who lost loved ones and property, now staying in evacuation shelters and perhaps unable to return to their homes. Indeed, thousands have had their towns decimated, or made uninhabitable due to radiation. Countless farm animals and pets were swept away, and many roam in the perimeter of the reactors, without food.
Trivial by comparison are the psychological effects of those indirectly affected, and others who now realize they are living near active earthquake zones, coastlines, or more than 50 nuclear power plants in Japan: Continue reading