|Group picture in front of truck before heading on the road|
|Unloading supplies from our truck|
|Organizing supplies at Harvest Church in Kumamoto|
|Fukuda-san confirming destination with locals|
We made a plan and headed around the city in two groups, seeing damage along the way: Cracked roads and sidewalks, broken glass, collapsed fences and buildings, and fallen kawara (clay roof tiles). The most symbolic destruction were the fallen walls of Kumamoto Castle, one of the top three castles in Japan.
|Fallen wall blocking road|
|This apartment building fell by one floor, crushing cars beneath. The earthquake happened in the middle of the night when everyone was home. I can't imagine trying to flee from a falling building...|
|Another apartment building that fell one floor|
|Fallen wall around Kumamoto Castle|
|Fallen wall and tower around Kumamoto Castle|
Once calm was restored, we continued. “What are your biggest needs?” we asked. “We do not need supplies. We need ways to calm people.” He talked about exercise programs and other ideas, but lit up when he heard I was a musician. “Yes, THAT is what is we need most right now!” It was very moving for me to hear him say that. In a disaster, people need food, water, and shelter. They need clothes to stay warm. But people also need art and music!
Deciding what to do next. More to follow...
|Sunday night April 17 outside Kumamoto Keiryo Junior High (Photo by Minami-san)|