Just a month ago I was poking fun at the Japanese for their particularity and coded rules, their rigidity and obsession with tradition. Now, after the tsunami, I am an in awe of the grace the Japanese have brought to a horrific situation. Their sense of collective duty, stoicism, and bravery in facing their future has floored me.
If a similar event happened here, there would have been riots in the donut aisle the second they ran out of Boston Creams.
Maybe there’s something to be said for standing in line and stoicism. For looking at oneself as a people, rather than as a collection of warring subcultures.
My deepest bow to the country of Japan and its people.
American coverage of the event has ranged from self-obsession with people tracking wind patterns to to see what minute degrees of radiation might make it across the water–hint: not as much as people are actually dealing with in reality somewhere else–to obtuse and ridiculous..