Today the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west.
We call this day "Shuubun no hi", Fall Equinox Day, a Japan's national holiday.
We also call this day "Higan no chuunichi" because this day is in the middle of higan, a week-long Buddhist ceremony. Higan means the next world for Buddhists.
As we believe the spirits of ancestors return to this world during higan, we visit our family graves, clean them, offer flowers and burn incense to show respect to ancestors and commemorate the deceased.
You can see (with PC, with Mobile Phone) what happened today around me in Koromogawa, next to Hiraizumi, next to Ichinoseki, where I visited my family graves.
You may not read my Japanese poetry with a 5-7-5 syllable but you can enjoy pictures I took today.
Although the quake shook Ichioseki city a lot, Ichinseki city, city officials and citizens are doing their best to help victims of the quake and the tsunami from neighbor cities, Rikuzentakada of Iwate-ken and Kesen'numa of Miyagi-ken.
Ichinoseki city has prepared two evacuation centers which can accommodate 180 evacuees from Rikuzentakada and Kesen'numa. It will prepare another 12 evacuation centers to accommodate about 1000 evacuees.
It has prepared 500 city-provided housings and other housings for employment promotion. Evacuees can use them free until they move to provisional housings.
It is trying to set up a volunteer center in Daito Development Center and Senmaya Minami Exchange Center, where about 100 volunteers can stay.
Yesterday I visited Sun Abilities Ichinoseki, one of evacuation centers in Ichinoseki, and talked with evacuees there from Rikuzentakada and Kesen'numa.
Japanese Red Cross Society provides blankets, heaters and meals for evacuees there.
I met a family from Motoyoshi, Kesen'numa, Miyagi-ken.
They are husband and wife with 2 kids, 3-year old boy and 19-year old Collage student. When the quake hit Tohoku region on March 11th 14:46, the husband, whose company is in Ichinoseki, was working in Ishinomaki, he telephoned his wife and told her "Take kids and run away to Ichinoseki!"
Their house, their nursery school and their collage were washed away.
There are no school there!
A lot of parents lost their kids.
A lot of kids lost their parents.
Evacuation centers are important.
Housings are important.
Schools for kids evacuated will be important.
We soon have to receive them to schools in ichinoseki, where they can learn with teachers and friends.
Ichinoseki, the southernmost city of Iwate-ken, is next to Rikuzentakada city, Iwate-ken, and also next to Kesen'numa city, Miyagi-ken.
The tsunami hit Rikuzentakada and Kesen'numa very hard.
They were beautiful coast cities.
The quake shook Ichinoseki a lot.
Ichinoseki is the beautiful inland city with Iwaigawa River, often called the entrance to the northern Tohoku region.
My daughter goes to Yamanome Elementary School (ES).
It seems nothing wrong with school buildings.
But greatly damaged inside, I was told by one of Yamanome ES teachers.
He told me that everything in classrooms and labs and teachers room fell over.
The quake, aftershocks and the tsunami hit East Japan which consists of Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto and Chubu regions.
Some interim figures of evacuation centers and people evacuated.
Miyagi-ken, 166229 people in 1005 evacuation centers.
Fukushima-ken, 48300 people in 432 evacuation centers.
Iwate-ken, 47006 people in 357 evacuation centers.
Yamagata-ken, 3304 people in 48 evacuation centers.
Aomori-ken, 437 people in 12 evacuation centers.
Akita-ken, 188 people in 28 evacuation centers.
Ibaraki-ken, 6586 people in 170 evacuation centers.
Chiba-ken, 1189 people in 170 evacuation centers.
Tochigi-ken, 1813 people in 33 evacuation centers.
Gumma-ken, 627 people in 16 evacuation centers.
Saitama-ken, 778 people in 16 evacuation centers.
Tokyo-to, 364 people in 3 evacuation centers.
Kanagawa-ken, 33 people in 1 evacuation center.
Niigata-ken, 7343 people in 38 evacuation centers.
Nagano-ken, 1600 people in 10 evacuation centers.
Many of these evacuation centers are overcrowded.
We've got short of evacuation centers.
Many people evacuated from the devastated areas in East Japan start getting out of East Japan and moving to West Japan.
I feel aftershocks several times today.
Now I have to go out to make a line at a gas station to get gas for my car.
We have to move around by car to save the people, help the people, support the people, transport what they really need to people who really need them.
There have been aftershocks following the magnitude-9.0 earthquake on March 11th. Aftershocks night and day, everyday, every night.
The quake and the tsunami killed thousands of people.
Many villages were washed away or submerged.
Tens of thousands people are missing.
The quake cracked some reactors in Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant which has 6 reactors. No.3 and No.4 reactors can't be cooled down enough so far. Fukushima No.2 Nuclear Power Plant has 4 reactors.
People who live in 20km round from the No.1 Plant had to leave their homes.
People who live in 10km round from the No.2 Plant had to leave their homes.
Nearly 500,000 people are evacuated from areas devastated by the quake, the tsunami and the nuclear accident.
I live in Ichinoseki next to Rikuzentakada and Ofunato, the coast area devastated by the tsunami. I and Ichinoseki citizens who also suffer from the quake would like to help and support people who are evacuated from the area.
World people, neighbor countries and all on the earth, please help!
Please help us to cool down the nuclear reactors.
Please support people from the devastated areas.