We just finished a Skype call with my cousin, Kotoe, and her mother, my Aunt Mizue, who live in Tokyo.
They are doing well. They said life is getting back to kind of normal. They said there are still aftershocks every day.
At most of the train stations, there are elevators and escalators, but they've been shut off. So people are having to walk up and down these long flights of stairs. My Aunt Mizue has a back problem and has a tough time walking long distances, much less walking up and down stairs. So she said she's avoiding having to go anywhere that she has to take the train.
Kotoe said that the city is dim, not at full power yet. So the Ginza, the Rodeo Drive of Tokyo, is not as lit up as usual. Must be strange.
Never miss a local story.
Supermarkets that used to stay open until midnight began closing at 7 p.m. or so, but are now back to normal hours. Supplies are beginning to fill up the shelves. But bottled water is still at a a premium.
Kotoe is ordering water via the internet from sources in Kyushu (the southernmost of the four main islands that makes up Japan).
Like I've done the past few times, I've told them to come over for a while. They laugh, as usual.
No matter, it's always good to talk with them. It makes us feel much better.