This is the most modern shrine I've ever seen!
And no wonder...after 700 years of standing here, the old Akagi Shrine was rebuilt into this brand new Agaki Shrine just last year. It's gorgeous...yet a part of me just can't take in all the glass walls and how shiny everything is. But if you look closely at the offering box, there is a poster showing you how you should pray, which is the same as many other shrines. At least that hasn't changed!
Monday was exactly one month since the March 11 earthquake. It feels like such a short period of time has passed since the initial earthquake, but at the same time, it feels like we've been feeling these tremors forever. I can't even begin to imagine what the victims of the tsunami in Tohoku were feeling during the moment of silence we held at 2:46 p.m. on that day.
But just as we put the month behind us, to step forward into another day closer to recovery, an aftershock, quite bigger than our usual tremors, hit Fukushima again, shaking the whole Tokyo area, too. It was as if Mother Nature couldn't stand to be forgotten.
All these aftershocks really make it harder for the areas that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami to move on. It has actually already slowed down the progress at the nuclear reactors in Fukushima, which upgraded its level of crisis to 7.
But I guess we really can't do anything to sway Mother Nature. All we can do is take it one day at a time.
PS: Not wanting to end on a somber note...just letting you know I've got good new (for me, that is...) coming up tomorrow! :-)