Wide range of Western and Central Japan has been hit by the record torrential rains
since the 4th of July.
Especially in Kyushu, torrential rainfall during July 4-8 ruthlessly caused havoc
on linear precipitation zone, and later Gifu and Nagano prefectures of Central Japan as well.
Green fields, city streets, houses, cars .... all were submerged in muddy water,
which are old distressful familiar scenes during the rainy season but in extreme level.
The victims and the affected are in my prayers and thoughts.
It is forecast that deluge will last till tomorrow.
One morning, it was raining softly after down-pouring of the night.
Standing in my garden, I couldn't help feeling humbled and thankful.
Right after the rain before the sun appears, colors were muted but still vibrant.
Wet leaves were fragrant.
Tiny raindrops were gleaming on the fresh green maple leaves,
some of which still retain red tints when they were babies.
The colors within the raindrops shone with clarity.
Peeping into the tree, a couple of red leaves still remained.
Soaking wet hydrangea.
Earthquakes, floods and landslides, typhoons ... and COVID-19
reminded me of the words of Buddha;
"Life is no more than a dewdrop balancing on the edge of a blade of grass."
By association, however, I prefer this;
"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf."
(Butterfly by Rabindranath Tagore)
Prior to the disaster, all my grandchildren got together at my home after a long interval.
We lightly danced on the edges of time to enjoy each moment,
for we were not sure when would be the next gathering.
Despite the resurgence of confirmed COVID-19 cases with higher positive rate,
political decision is to continue to ease restrictions on business including large events and gatherings.
Domestic travel is promoted; "Go to Travel Campaign", which will subsidize
up to half of travel expenses, is going to be started next week.
Business as well as individual responsible attitude with necessary preventive measures
is the most basic of basics, I think, but isn't it irresponsible for the government
to leave almost all to businesses and individuals by only showing guidelines made by experts,
though steering would be difficult.
Linked to Mosaic Monday