Well, no surprise: Japan made Outside magazine’s “Top 10 Travel Stories for 2011” listing this year. At least there’s some good news: despite the media’s insistent comparisons to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the actual amount of radiation released in Japan appears much lower than in that historic event. What’s more, life in Tokyo is returning to normal (which matches my impressions), and major projects such as Tokyo’s Sky Tree, which will be the second tallest building in the world, are back online, and expected to be a major attraction when it opens in 2012.
Check out ken.h’s picture of Fujisan on the Outside web page.
On a more sober note: anecdotal reports from travellers to the tsunami-afflicted regions of Tohoku report that there is still widespread devastation in the area, and entire areas remain abandoned. Volunteers continue to work in the area.