(Note: We edited the title of this post to reflect the general tenor of the discussion which is whether it's appropriate or possible for tourists to visit Japan. As things start to renormalize in various parts of Japan, we expect it will also contain reports of what's up and running and what isn't. -- The Chowhound Team)
This is very likely a topic that can't yet be answered, perhaps in the coming days. Given recent events, my wife and I are trying to assess whether it is feasible or even appropriate for us to carry on our travel plans in Tokyo a week and a half away.
Naturally, as a member of this site, food is paramount on our trip and we are curious as to whether dining will be as normal following this terrible natural disaster. Will the fishing industry be business as usual or will there be a drought of top-notch seafood? Are suppliers of other foods able to reach vendors? Are restaurants, by and large, open and operating as normal?
I'm curious to hear reports as the city gets back on its feet.
(I feel considerable guilt asking such practical, pragmatic things about my holiday when there are those seriously affected by the disaster, please forgive, I don't mean to be insensitive. To those living in the area or with loved ones who are, I hope all are safe and sound)