A touching story of three children, themselves evacuees after the Kumamoto earthquakes, who volunteered to help others. Encouraged by a simple smile or a word of thanks, three young siblings are doing their part to lift morale and provide comfort in a cramped evacuation center here surrounded by destruction and misery. Yudai, 12, Manami, 10, […]
Humanity Road has detailed updates with extensive links about the situation in Kumamoto. Also, if you view Kumamoto in Google Maps and turn on the traffic view, you can get a very good idea of the road situation. A few years ago we had a partial Kyushu Highway road collapse after heavy rain, and the situation […]
Here’s a good report with a lot of technical data on the recent earthquakes As I was preparing an aftershock map for yesterday’s earthquake, an earthquake with a magnitude of M = 7.0 happened. This turns all other earthquakes into foreshocks, though this terminology may not really be important (foreshock vs aftershock). The M 7.0
Capture the Best Japan Photography Awards has some absolutely stunning photos of Japan, as well as some that capture some of the local spirit.
Hedgehog-themed cafe opens in Tokyo’s entertainment district Only in Japan.
Those of us that practice a Japanese martial art have always wondered how close to “the real thing” we are practicing. However the reality is far more complex than the fantasy. If there’s a martial arts blog I recommend, it’s Peter Boylan’s. He discusses the issues in martial arts practice in Japan with great insight. We go […]
Adding self-sustainability would make this perfect I reckon. There was a stage back after the last crash where whole neighbourhoods of houses were selling for $10k/house. That would have been the perfect timing to do such a thing too. As much as we wish it weren’t so, friends will come and go. As circumstances change, […]
One of the things I miss about my childhood home is its proximity to bushland. I even bought an album of recordings of Australian birds to remind me! Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending […]
We were lucky enough to be about to exit the station when a technician was finishing up his servicing of a machine, so I could capture the incredible sophistication of these machines and what they are capable of. Services on the shinkansen lines require multiple tickets for each trip, so the machines have to be […]
Someone doesn’t get it at all. One unspoken objection to raising the minimum wage is that people, other people, those people, will get paid a little more. Which might make getting ahead a little harder. When we raise the bottom, this thinking goes, it gets harder to move to the top. After a company in […]