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    Posted May 18, 2011 by
    Tokyokiwi
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Recovery in Japan: After the earthquake

    Tokyokiwi and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Earthquake strikes Japan
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    Getting on with it quietly

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Tokyokiwi says hundreds of Japanese locals typically celebrate the arrival of warm weather with food and drink in the park, but 'this year, people have abstained out of respect for those less fortunate.' He takes an optimistic view of post-quake life in Japan, saying, 'Life is getting back to normal but with a new respect for nature. The economy has taken a hit but life in Japan is great.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Over 2 months after the earthquake Tokyo is still agressively conserving power. Now 2 nuclear powerstations have shutdown and one of those is in meltdown. At sundown the lights don't come on like they used to. The Subway stations are dark using only half the normal lighting, escalators stopped and the air con on the trains reduced. On weekends there's not so many people out celebrating the change to the warmer weather either. Last year this park was packed at this time of year. I dont here any complaining about it. People just are getting on with it in their own quiet way. Rest assured Japan is on the mend.

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