The traditional view of the tsunami is depicted in attractive Japanese woodcuts, with a quaint charm underscored by their rare occurrence. The prints look nice on bare white walls, next to a simple screen, above a statue of a peaceful Buddha set on a lacquered table, with the scent of jasmine incense in the air. A calm before the storm.
Reality is chilling - 44,000 victims and counting. Is this tsunami a tragic coda to a violence-torn past year or a grim foreshadowing of the next? Let's pray it's the former.
General and kids' information about the tsunami.