We'll soon be living in Tokyo so we have signed up to receive news of the area. We now regularly receive advisories about possibly dangerous occurences in Japan. Anything slightly scary or which imposes some kind of uncomfortable issue requires an email be sent to us American citizens. 'Watch out!' 'Beware!' They warn us.
Last month we received emails warning us about volcanos exploding. This month it's floods. It's a bit scary. In Japan, they take their disasters seriously because they are big issues that affect huge areas of the islands and they seem to happen a lot--and there's not a lot of room for escape. I feel imminent disaster is just waiting for us to arrive.
Here in NYC you worry about things like whether a cab driver will lose control and run you over as you innocently stand at the corner waiting for the light to change, or an errant icecycle will pierce your brain as you casually walk down the street. I think about these things a little as any normal person would...but they don't really happen all that often, so I don't worry too much.
But I have to say that I'm a little nervous about our imminent arrival in the Land of the Rising Sun because looking at recent history I'll soon have to worry about bigger things like a nuclear reactor disaster, a tsunami, an earthquake, a volcano, mudslides, or floods...Please let Godzilla only be a myth!