It has been hard to escape the images we see on our TV of the devastation wrought by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on friday. To all of my Japanese friends and those who take an interest in my efforts to produce etegami, I wish them well in the weeks and months ahead. Recovery will be slow and painful and those who have lost family and friends may never fully recover. Thankfully my daughter-in-law's parents live in Kyushu well away from the devastation so we are spared that worry. My own (almost trivial compared to this) experience of being flooded gives me some insight into how difficult the recovery process can be and I did not lose anybody.