Went by the Shiespa building this morning to see what it looked like one year on, what I found was pretty much to be expected: the building is still boarded up and guarded 24 hours a day, a flower adorned table sits in front of the fenced off building, and media were beginning to arrive and assemble their gear. The house that once stood beside the destroyed pump room has now been turned into a car park, and the rest of the houses that were so viscously shaken have been restored to a somewhat untouched condition. Interestingly, the flower pots at the end of the street that had been ripped apart and upturned by the blast remain on the road, somewhat destroyed.
Another interesting thing came to me today in the form of a comment made on a Youtube video I posted about the explosion shortly after it happened, the poster clarifying that I had made a mistake with the date I put in the video, but also adding this:
"The owner of this chain..they have one in Roppongi which also had some trouble a while back) lives in the neighborhood in a huge house, probably worth 8, 9 million dollars. His name hasn't come up in the press. Wonder how he managed to do that."