Other than the 4 a.m. aftershock this morning the day went by pretty smoothly. The air was damp and it rained on and off all night. The skies were gray when I hopped on the train to make my way into Chiba. The lights are still off on the trains in a massive effort to save electricity.
On my way back to the station the air was chilled, but the sun was out. I paused in front of a house to stare at this enormous orange flower. It was there reaching up towards the warm sun. Strong in spirit. Bending little in the breeze. It is my orange wonder. A strong warrior among the concrete, and potted plants of Ichikawa.