There's a God for That
Optimism in the face of earthquakes, tsunamis and meltdowns
EVERY JOURNEY IS AN ADVENTURE, but when a major earthquake strikes Japan, triggering cataclysmic events, the author's travels are cut short.
What starts out as a quest to discover the sacred meanings of the native Shinto religion, becomes something much more profound.
When all of the fail-safe mechanisms at Fukushima Daiichi are overrun, and thirty million lives in the greater Tokyo region are in peril, everyone is forced to confront the reality that nuclear energy is not the "clean alternative" they were led to believe.
Japan is the only country to have suffered the horror of atomic bombs, and the Japanese commitment to global nuclear disarmament is well known. But somehow, the resolve to see the dismantling of the world's nuclear arsenals didn't extend to the nuclear power industry.
In the frightful days immediately after March 11th, 2011, the world awoke to the realization that nuclear power stations might be even more deadly than atomic bombs.
The author chronicles the events as they occur, and reveals the uniquely Japanese way of remaining optimistic in the face of multiple catastrophes.
JAPAN HAS A UNIQUELY RELIGIOUS WAY OF LIFE, a life filled with the blessings of the gods – not one omnipotent creator, protector, benefactor, exemplar, adjudicator. Instead, Japanese kami take many forms: mythical gods, place-based gods that inhabit mountains and groves, ancient trees venerated as the earthly abode of heavenly visitors, and the spirits of ancestors who have long since crossed over. Some say this country has a god for everything, and after a while you begin to agree.
THERE’S A GOD FOR THAT paints a picture of a beautiful country gone awry. It chronicles the catastrophic outcome of natural forces and human error . . . and of ordinary people coping with the apparent end of the world.
- Frankalmoigne, September 2012
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