With sudden cancellations of train services being quite common these days, we decided not to take any risks with our Saturday morning flight to the US and to sleep in Narita tonight. When we passed by the airport to drop off our luggage, we were at first worried by a huge queue which wound itself out of the check-in hall and into the shop and restaurant area. But it turned out that this queue consisted exclusively of Chinese and ended at the counters of Air China, whereas the other counters were almost empty. This is the result of China evacuating its citizens from the quake-hit areas.
Apart from some people who looked like they were essentially camping in the airport, the situation looked more benign than feared. No screaming mobs.
Since we had time to kill, we passed by the Narita San temple complex, one of our favorite spots in the area. While the new buildings were in perfect order, older buildings seem to have taken the shaking worse. Most of them, along with essentially all vertical structures, such as stone lanterns and stone walls, were roped off. The park was completely closed. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that this was not uncalled for. Some of the lanterns had lost pieces or had even completely toppled over.
In Narita, there are more signs of earthquake damage than in Tokyo, but it seems confined to older buildings. Nor is the damage severe, mostly only damaged roofs or pieces of facade fallen off.
On the whole, the town was much more quiet than usual, with a number of shops being closed.