A businessman in San Francisco's Japantown Center absorbs the images of chaos and grief as Fukushima nuclear plants continue to burn and snow falls on the rubble in Sendai.
We've been thinking about the cataclysm and suffering in Japan ever since the massive earthquake of March 11. The resultant tsunami and nuclear meltdowns show us once again how vulnurable and how interconnected we all are. Our awareness is heightened that Japan and San Francisco are both located on the volcanic Pacific rim and that we share a strange nuclear karma. The Dragon of Nuclear Power was first unleashed here in the Bay Area at Livermore Labs in the Berkeley Hills.
A couple move through Japantown plaza past the Peace Pagoda as spring rains descend. The pagoda was dedicated "to the people of San Francisco from the people of Japan" in 1968 when the center opened. Click images to enlarge.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center- 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Banner reads "There is Something You Can Do. Support the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. www.jcccnc.org 415-567-5505
This stupa, located on the roof of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, contains holy relics of the Buddha donated by the King of Siam in 1935. The church was founded here on 1881 Pine Street in 1898 by two priests from Kyoto.
The current crisis is highlighting the amazing courage, strength, resilience, and collective intelligence of the Japanese people. May love and blessings descend on them to heal the pain and give new life.