It was in Kakuda, Japan that the family I stayed with taught me to make sushi and other delicacies. I remarked on how much I loved the tea and cup that she served me. The pink cherry blossom tea cup that I was drinking out of sits in my cupboard now. She insisted I take it with me.
Probably the other four tea cups that remained in Kakuda are all in shards now. Buried under water. Kakuda sits right on the sea, close to the epicenter of the earthquake. A 23 foot wave washed ashore last night.
Mouth agape, feeling helpless, sending love.
ETA: Pictures of Sendai
This is where I chatted with future teachers, bought beautiful paper at the mall and discovered "popcorn" tea.