This floating world is but a phantasm.
It is a momentary smoke.
Hakuin (an 18th century Zen monk)
Tokyo is no phantasm. The world's second most populous city is an all too real concentration of 11.5 million jam-packed people. Many of them nonetheless feared last week that Tokyo might soon become a momentary smoke, with millions dead among unparalleled destruction. One reason for their fears was rational enough: all Japan has recently experienced unusual earthquake activity. Tokyo itself has felt 29 minor earthquake jolts this year two last week. The other reason is superstitious: even the most modernized...