No surprises there but in a way it's sad to see so many lives disrupted by the Tohoku tragedy. I then stop to think of the tens of thousands who lost their lives and the hundreds of thousands who only have their lives and no material possessions and think WTF?
I've wondering if some customs or events will be continued at all after they are cancelled this year. Like O-Chugen (summer presents) slowly fade away as a corporate or personal activity.
How about stopping to write Nengajo (Year End Cards) this year? As a custum you don't write one when somebody in or close to your family has died. Wouldn't be the natural disaster this year not be reason enough not to write?
Then again, if you don't write one at year end you need to send a notice around in October to everybody who would normally receive a card and inform them that you don't write one this year.Equally cumbersome.