There is no looting. There is no panic in the streets. Citizens wait in extremely long, orderly lines to enter grocery stores that have just opened. They wait patiently for gasoline and kerosene at stations.
At emergency shelters, families sit quietly, there is no shouting.
Seeing their shoes lined up at the edge of their blankets makes me cry.
The Japanese are a proud, yet dignified, people. They aren't overly emotional, they remain stoic even in this time of unimaginable fear about the possible consequences of the meltdown of nuclear reactors.
Food, water, fuel are all in short supply, family members are missing, or are feared dead, but there is no national sense of outrage.
Yet there is hope. Japan WILL overcome this crisis, they will rebuild.
And they won't gloat over their future successes.
The Mister and I are researching charities to donate to; we will give an equal amount to a charity in the US, because we must also take care of those closest to us.
We are looking at Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy sites to find charities who have low administrative costs, to ensure that most of our donation goes directly to those in need, instead of for advertising or organizer's salaries.