These days I found myself not concentrating on anything and spending a lot of time browsing news on the megaquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. Since here in England, everything is going as usual, I have to keep up with the normal pace as well. So I end up working till midnight, using a lot of electricity.
When I came here, I felt it inconvenient that all the shops and arcades closed around five to six o'clock in the evening. But after hearing about the planned power outage in Japan and many shops limiting their opening hours because of that, I thought it is actually nice to open only daytime in terms of saving electricity.
Some of my friends here said that it is quite normal to have three hour blackout in their countries. The more we have high-tech equipment in our house, the more difficult it becomes to live without electricity.
It seems to be the time when we start thinking of what kind of service we really need and what is not. This earthquake can be a good opportunity to change our way of life.
On the other hand, I feel sorry to hear that many cultural events and activities have been cancelled because of the earthquake. Admittedly in this situation, nobody would feel like doing anything unnecessary to have fun, using electricity and making public transportation even more crowded.
The next few years to come will be a hard time for us, who are doing activities like a bubble.