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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kawabata Dori Kyoto

川端通

Kawabata Dori runs north-south parallel to the Kamo River on its eastern bank. Kawabata Dori runs from Kitaoji Dori in the north of Kyoto all the way down south to Shichijo, making it one of the longest streets in the city.

Kawabata Dori

Around the bridge at Imadegawa is a popular place for people to cycle, jog, practice musical instruments and picnic and there are fine views here on a clear day to Mt Hiei in the north east of the city.

Kawabata Dori passes the Goethe Insitute Kamogawa Villa, Club Metro at Keihan Marutamachi Station, Kyouen shopping area and the Minamiza Kabuki Theater at Shijo Street in its most interesting section between Imadegawa and Shijo, the very heart of central Kyoto.

Kawabata Dori Kyoto


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Thai Restaurant In Nagoya - Somboon

ソンブン

Somboon is a small, intimate Thai restaurant in Sakae, the main entertainment district of Nagoya, and rapidly becoming a favorite for a real taste of Thai cuisine.


Thai Restaurant In Nagoya Somboon

Run by a friendly Thai mama-san who speaks both English and Japanese, Somboon offers tasty, authentic and good value lunch and dinner.


Thai Restaurant Somboon

Somboon
Nishishin Bldg. 2F
4-4-9 Naka-ku
Nagoya
468-0008
Somboon on Google Maps
Tel: (052) 263 3545
(nearest subway; Sakae exit 2)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Map of Japan's Prefectures

日本の地図

This map of Japan shows Japan's 47 prefectures from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.

The present 47 prefectures date from the reorganization of the old feudal domains (han) which were finally rationalized in 1888.



Hokkaido is the biggest prefecture by area; Kagawa in Shikoku the smallest. In terms of population, Tokyo is the largest Japanese prefecture with over 12,000,000 inhabitants with Tottori the smallest with just over 600,000 people.



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Monday, March 28, 2011

Nagoya Friends at Red Rock 4/30 (SAT)

Nagoya Friends 103rd party in Nagoya!
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    Date: Saturday April 30th, 2011

  • Time: 18:00 – 21:00
  • Drinks will be served between 6:00pm-8:50pm.
  • Place: The Red Rock (2F Aster Plaza Building, 4-14-6 Sakae, Nagoya (very close to Sakae Station)
  • Fee: 3000 Yen

    Awesome prizes and another fun round of trivia! Come join us for another huge event.

  • Dress code: Anything (Casual, etc)
  • Reservations: Not necessary but recommended and appreciated. Just show up to the party!
  • Over 25,000 Yen worth of exciting prize giveaways each month!
There will be free food along with free drinks (beers, wine, cocktail drinks and juices).
Our party is not a dinner party, but we will have light food & snacks.
Quantities are limited, so please come early! Please free to come alone or bring your friends.
EVERYBODY is welcome to join regardless of nationality/gender. Reservation is greatly appreciated.
About 125-150+ people are expected to attend. Approximately 55% female and 45% male, 70% Japanese and 30% non-Japanese.
Pictures from previous Nagoya Friends Parties.

Map & Directions
Contact: 080-3648-1666(Japanese) 080-5469-6317(English)
Get off at Sakae Station [Exit #13]
Red Rock Nagoya
The Red Rock (2F Aster Plaza Building,
4-14-6 Sakae, Nagoya (very close to Sakae Station)

The Red Rock is located behind the Chunichi Building in the Sakae business/shopping district.
Subway access from Sakae Station (serving the yellow and purple lines) Exit 13. It’s a big station connected to a huge underground shopping mall so you’ll need to do a little underground walking.
We’re also just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Tokyu and Precede hotels, and a 10 minute walk up Hirokoji Street from the Hilton Hotel in Fushimi.
Train Directions
  • From Nagoya Stn. take the Higashiyama Subway line to Sakae Station (GET OFF at Sakae Station!!) Take exit #13 and then walk straight AWAY from Hirokoji-Dori for about 3/4 of a block. TURN LEFT Red Rock is on the right side of the street in the middle of the block. Look for the sign on the sidewalk.

Sakae Station
Higashiyama Line


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Nagoya Speed Dating, May 7th (Sat)

Nagoya Speed Dating is holding it’s 15th party in Nagoya!
  • Date: May 7th!! , 2011
  • Time: 6-9pm registration from 6:00 to 6:30pm
  • Drinks will be served between 6:30pm-8:50pm.
  • Place: Nagoya Tsurumai City Public Hall, 1-1-3 Tsurumai (very close to JR Nagoya Station)
  • PREPAY FEE : Men 2500, Women 2000. *includes 1 free drink and light food*
  • 40 couples only! 40 men and 40 women! Reserve and prepay to join!
  • AT THE DOOR: Men 3000 yen, women 2500 yen. Price includes 1 free drink and light food
  • Dress code: Anything (Casual, etc)
  • Reservations: PrePaid spots are Guaranteed! Only 40 men and 40 women. Reserve and prepay to secure your spot.

Nagoya Speed Dating is a great way to meet new people in the Aichi, Gifu and Mie Areas! At Nagoya Speed Dating, you will receive a number, an assigned table, and a personalized Speeding Ticket form. When the host says to start you will have between 3 to 5 minutes to talk to the person at your table. When the time is up the host will give you a signal. At that time the men will change tables and the women will remain seated. All you have to do is mark your speeding ticket with a yes or a no for each person. At the end of the event, the tickets will be analyzed and Nagoya Speed Dating will notify you of your matches. After that you will also receive contact info for the people you have matched with. Nagoya Speed Dating is a safe, easy, and fun way to meet new people. Come check out Nagoya Speed Dating!
Map & Directions
Contact: 080-3648-1666(Japanese) 080-5469-6317(English)
Get off at Tsurumai Station (JR Chuo Line [South Exit] or Subway Tsurumai Line [Exit #4])

Nagoya Tsurumai City Public Hall, 1-1-3 Tsurumai
Train Directions
  • From Nagoya Station from Nagoya Station take the JR Chuo-Honsen Line and get off at the second station (Tsurumai). From Tsurumai Station, get off at south exit
  • From Sakae/Fushimi Area, catch the Tsurumai Subway Line at Fushimi Station(bound for Akaike) and get off at the third (3rd) stop – Tsurumai. From Tsurumai Station, get off at exit #4
Tsurumai
Tsurumai Station
JR Chuo Line/Tsurumai Line


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Tokyo two weeks after the earthquake

地震後の東京

Tokyo escalator

It is just over two weeks since the massive Sendai earthquake rocked Tokyo. Apart from making a mess of apartments and offices (and slightly bending the tip of Tokyo Tower!) the earthquake caused little structural damage in Tokyo. However, the aftermath is being felt by way of the damage that the ensuing tsunami inflicted on Tokyo Electric Power Company's nuclear power plants in Fukushima.

First of all, Tokyo is generally emptier than usual. There isn't quite as much traffic on the streets, pedestrians on sidewalks, passengers in trains, or customers in stores.

Wide ranging power cuts that were planned for Tokyo have not happened mainly because calls for power conservation have been heeded. Businesses and citizens seem to be cooperating in keeping electricity consumption to a minimum.

Tokyo two weeks after the earthquake

This does make, however, for a curiously dark and dingy Tokyo. Many lights in the normally dazzling subways - even inside the trains - have been switched off. Visibility has barely suffered at all, but that clinically stark white light that characterizes Japanese public spaces is somewhat more sallow.  Escalators in non-major subway stations are no longer in use. Most drink vending machines are turned off.

Tokyo two weeks after the earthquake

Nighttime Tokyo is also suddenly more demure now that the neon signs are no longer flashing.

Perhaps the most disturbing sign of the recent troubles is to be found in food stores. Radiation levels around the reactors have just risen dramatically because of yet unidentified leaks in the facility, and the vegetable racks in Japanese stores clearly reflect this, with any produce from eastern Honshu, north of Tokyo, sitting there untouched.

Bottled water is available, but rationed to one or two bottles per customer, but milk and yogurt are becoming very difficult to find. Unlike toilet paper shortages further west of Tokyo, there seems to be enough to go round in Tokyo.

Vegetables left unsold


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Japan News This Week 27 March 2011

今週の日本

Japan News.Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation From Reactor Area

New York Times

Nuclear situation 'grave' Japan PM warns

Al Jazeera

Anti-nuclear protests take place in Japan

BBC

Japan earthquake survivor's grim search for his mother amid devastation

Guardian

Sushi From Japan: Safe to Eat?

Huffington Post

Death toll tops 10,000 but nuke crisis hampers search

Japan Times

Japón pide a la población que deje la zona a 30 kilómetros de Fukushima

El Pais

梁江涛:日本核电站次生灾害的警示

Caijing

Hatoyama's Confession: The Myth of Deterrence and the Failure to Move a Marine Base Outside Okinawa

Japan Focus

Japan loses to US but treated like a winner

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Last Week's News

Statistics

Quake Victims by Age

80 or older: 23.2%
70s: 22.9%
60s: 19%
50s: 11.6%
40s: 6.9%
30s: 6%
20s: 3.2%
10s: 3.2%
0-9: 4.1%

Source: Yomiuri Shinbun


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Extension To Sakuradori Subway Line Nagoya

桜通線

The new Sakuradori Line extension of the Nagoya subway opens on March 27.

Sakura-dori Line, Nagoya


Four new stations have been built to extend the line from Nonami: Narukokita, Aioiyama, Kamisawa and Tokushige. Before the trains started running the local wards held a free competition to select a number of people who could walk the tunnels.

The journey time from Nagoya Station to Tokushige is 35 minutes.


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Nagoya Kanko Hotel

名古屋観光ホテル

The Nagoya Kanko Hotel is close to the Hilton Hotel in Nagoya's Fushimi district, just off Hirokoji Dori and is the most historic hotel in the city dating from 1936.

Nagoya Kanko Hotel, Fushimi, Nagoya, Japan


Situated only one stop on the subway from Nagoya Station and within walking distance of Sakae - the main entertainment district in town - the Nagoya Kanko Hotel is a luxurious accommodation, that tries to retain its original 1930's feel with wooden floors, chandeliers and original furnishings and prints.

Nagoya Kanko Hotel, Nagoya

The rooms were designed by an English designer and the facilities include Chinese, French and Japanese restaurants, bars, internet access, a gym and large conference and banqueting rooms.

Nagoya Kanko Hotel, Aichi, Japan


Nearby foreigner-friendly bars include the Elephant's Nest British-style pub and Cigar Kanou (Tel: 052-231-5534), a cigar bar on the same street as the Hilton Hotel with outdoor seating, food and a range of foreign cigarettes, cigars and tobacco.

Nagoya Kanko Hotel
1-19-30 Nishiki Naka-Ku
Nagoya
Aichi
460-8608
Tel: 052 231 7711

The nearest subway station is Fushimi on the Tsurumai and Higashiyama lines (Exit 8).

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nagoya City Wild Bird Observation Center

名古屋市野鳥観察官

After a failed attempt to visit the new SCMaglev & Railway Park at Kinjo Futo at Nagoya Port - the queue was over an hour long - we walked back to Noseki Station on the Aonami Line to take a look at the Nagoya City Wild Bird Observation Center.


City Wild Bird Observation Center Nagoya

The two storey facility is free and has an observation deck on each floor equipped with telescopes to view the many birds in the huge estuary created by the Shonaigawa, Shinkawa and Nikkogawa rivers as they enter the sea.

During spring and autumn thousands of migatory shorebirds rest and feed in the area, which is protected under the 1971 Ramsar Convention on wetlands.


Nagoya City Wild Bird Observation Center

The area known as Fujimae Higata is a vast natural wetland situated within the larger urban area of Nagoya city and is now designated a Special Protection Area by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Among the thousands of birds that can be seen at some times throughout the year are plovers, osprey, harriers, gulls, sandpipers, herons, curlews, snipe, egrets, cormorants and many species of ducks.


Nagoya City Wild Bird Observation Center

Adjacent to the Nagoya City Wild Bird Observation Center is the Inae Visitor Center (also free), which has many exhibits to introduce visitors, especially children, to the wildlife inhabiting these amazing wetlands.

Nagoya City Wild Bird Observation Center
Minato-ku
Noseki 4-11-12
Inae Park
Tel: 052 381 0160

10 minute walk from Noseki Station on the Aonami Line. There are buses from Nagoya (Kanmeiki #2) & Kanayama stations (Kanmeiki #25) via Tsukiji-guchi Station on the Meiko Line.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Japanese Nail Art Designs

Japanese nail art is increasingly popular with women all over the world.


Japanese Nail Art

Here are a series of images of some of the latest trends in Japanese nail art.

Nail Art

Some of the designs were done in the many nail art salons in Japan or made by the women themselves.

Japanese Nail Art Designs

Themes include acrylic nail chips as well as decoration directly on the natural nails themselves.

Japanese Nail Art Designs

Here's a lovely, but simple nail design.

Japanese Nail Art Design


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Map of Kyoto Shrines & Temples

神社とお寺

Use this scrollable map of Kyoto to navigate to some of Kyoto's over 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

Find information on Ota Shrine famous for its irises in May, Hiko Shrine in Yawata, a quirky shine dedicated to flight, Go'o Shrine close to the Imperial Palace (Gosho) and Yoshida Shrine near Kyoto University known for its lively setsubun festival.


View Kyoto Temples & Shrines Map in a larger map

Temples covered on the map include Shisendo in Higashiyama, Ginkakuji and Kinkakuji and the less well-known Enkoji Temple.


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Plum Tree Imperial Palace Kyoto

Plum Tree Imperial Palace Kyoto京都御所にある梅の木

A small plum tree with new blossoms stands in the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

Winter has been cold and long this year, so the plum trees have bloomed later than usual.

Recent events in Tohoku have cast a long, sad, tragic shadow over spring. While relief efforts strive to alleviate the suffering, spring is on its way.

The first sign of that is the plum trees with their pink blossoms and lovely scent.

The best known place in Kyoto for plums is Kitano Tenmangu Shrine; however, the Imperial Palace has quite a few.


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Japan News This Week 20 March 2011

今週の日本

Japan News.In Japan’s Danger Zone, the Stranded Await the Merciful

New York Times

Japan races to restart water pumps

Al Jazeera

Japan raises nuclear alert level

BBC

Emergency power cable reaches Japan nuclear plant

Guardian

Battle-proof Wind Farms Survive Japan's Trial by Fire

Huffington Post

Yen declines as G7 starts intervention

Japan Times

Japón eleva el nivel de alerta nuclear

El Pais

日本地震:“谣盐”为什么能飞起来?

Caijing

‘Koreans, Go Home!’ Internet Nationalism in Contemporary Japan as a Digitally Mediated Subculture

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Japan’s J.League postponed indefinitely - local media

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Last Week's News

Statistics

Radiation level in Tokyo, March 18th:

0.050 (normal: 0.079)

Source: Asahi Shinbun


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Walking Holidays in Japan

One of the best things about traveling to Japan is that even in the age of modernization and industrialization, it's still a land that caters to walking. Walking is as free as it is liberating, and it's coming into fashion of late as good exercise as well as a popular means of having one's holiday.

Despite its high-tech image, Japan remains a nation of beautiful contrasts. It therefore holds its natural scenery and ancient architecture in as high esteem as its latest gadgets. Although you can walk your way around Tokyo or Osaka easily enough, there's something to be said about spending one's afternoon moseying through mountains littered with temples and roaring waterfalls.

Popular Destinations

Walking tours of Japan can keep you to just one of the primary islands or across all four via bullet train when you're not breaking in your new pair of shoes. Some popular destinations include but are not limited to the following.

• Kamakura, the former capital of Japan. You'll see the Daibutsu here (a giant, bronze Buddha) as well as countless shrines, some of them older than 800 years.

• Mount Fuji, a symbol of natural Japan. Nearby is the postcard-perfect lake country of Hakone.

• Kyoto, complete with geisha and geiko, canals, Nijo Castle, and the Golden Temple Kinkaku-ji.

• Hiroshima, the city that had been predicted to stay ashes and dust for 100 years but is today no less than bustling and lively. You'll see the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park. Just a train ride away is Miyajima, a sacred island with a floating torii. The corresponding Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

• The Old Nakasendo Trail, connecting Tokyo to the mountains. Ancient samurai walked this route.

Kumano Kodo, a network that runs throughout the Kii Peninsula, from Kyoto to Kumano. You'll see the three Grand Shrines of Kumano.

Dates, Prices, and Perks

Dates and prices vary, of course, but most cost around £3000 and last about 2 weeks. Because you use your own feet for travel half of the time instead of being driven from place to place in what feels like a cattle car, walking tours can be more affordable than typical overseas holidays. Your sightseeing isn’t cut short as it can be when a bus driver starts tapping his wristwatch. Walking takes time; that's more time for you to breathe fresh air, admire the natural and historic beauties of Japan, and make fond memories.

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In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan Earthquake 3/11 2.46

東日本大震災

It is exactly a week since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the coast of Sendai at 2.46pm in the afternoon of Friday 11 March, 2011.

The day has been marked by a minute's silence at various gatherings around Japan: in offices, factories, university graduation ceremonies and centers for the thousands of displaced people.

Japan Earthquake 3/11 2.46


6,405 people have died and around 10,200 others are missing after the tragedy with the numbers predicted to rise in to the tens of thousands. The damaged nuclear reactor in Fukushima is still not yet under control and continues to emit radiation into the environment.

The disaster became a huge international media event with minute-by-minute updates on international news networks and massive coverage on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Some foreign embassies in Tokyo have relocated their operations from Tokyo as well as urging their nationals to evacuate from the Japanese capital or leave Japan altogether.

Sales of Geiger counters and Potassium iodide tablets have skyrocketed in countries far removed from Japan's borders. Many people have fled from Tokyo to escape the aftershocks, transport chaos and repeated blackouts.

There have been shortages of such things as bottled water, diapers, toilet rolls and instant ramen but in general there has been a remarkable stoicism displayed by the local people who seem determined to carry on with their daily lives.

Japan Earthquake 3/11

The post-mortem on the preparedness of the Japanese government and the country's nuclear industry for disaster on this vast a scale has yet to be delivered and it remains to be seen if the tragic events of 3/11 will change the direction of Japan as it emerges from this most harrowing moment in its history.

The well-known apathy of Japanese youth and the entrenched power of the country's business and bureaucratic elites would seem to augur that things will go on as normal without much introspection, angst or collective debate.

At the public event I attended today, few mentioned the traumatic week all the people living in Japan have experienced. The public mentality is to block out and ignore the unpleasant and yearn for the normal state of affairs.

As the media circus passes on to other more newsworthy stories it remains to be seen how deeply the events of 2.46pm, March 11 will change how things are done here in Japan.

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Sakai City Museum

Sakai City Museum境市博物館

Located in Daisen Park, in Sakai City, the Sakai City Museum has an interesting collection of items related primarily related to the following:

Emperor Nintoku Tumulus (which is across the street)

Industry and Culture in Sakai

History of Sakai

This can be combined with a visit to the tomb and a bicycle museum, which is also in the park.

The tomb is run and maintained by the Imperial Household Agency - which means you cannot go in. A peek from outside the moat is the extent of a visit.

Details

Located in Daisen Park
Mozusekiun-cho 2-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
Tel: 072 245 6263

Fee: 100 yen for permanent collection

Access

From JR Mozu Station on the Hanwa Line (22 minutes from JR Tennoji Station), a six-minute walk.


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2 Liters of Water & 4 Liters of Whisky

東日本大震災

I went looking for bottled water and toilet paper in Nagoya tonight not because I am dehydrated or suffering from diarrhoea, but because I read on Twitter they were in short supply. Indeed both "necessities" were. I couldn't find either item in any of the many convenience stores, liquor stores or supermarkets I cycled past.


Empty shelves

Since the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Sendai and the subsequent nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, certain goods in Japan such as bottled water, diapers, toilet rolls and instant ramen have become suddenly unavailable, even in cities over 500km from the affected area. You eat, you drink, you defecate. Life reduced to its very survival basics.


Sold out of water sign

I did however discover something I have never seen before. A 4 liter (four litre!) bottle of whisky, lots of them in fact. "Ocean Lucky Whisky" seemed particularly inapt.

Whisky on sale


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tohoku Japan Earthquake Radiation Levels by Prefecture

大気中放射線の値圏ごと

At roughly 5 pm local time, March 16, the radiation levels were (the figure in parenthesis is the average daily peak level):

Hokkaido: 0.029 (0.105)
Aomori: 0.029 (0.102)
Iwate: 0.042 (0.084)
Miyagi: 0.194 (0.051)
Akita: 0.039 (0.086)
Yamagata: 0.114 (0.082)
Fukushima: No data
Ibaragi: 1.035 (0.056)
Ibaraki: 0.337 (0.067)
Gunma: 0.501 (0.045)
Saitama: 0.208 (0.060)
Chiba: 0.141 (0.044)
Tokyo: 0.143 (0.079)
Kanagawa: 0.153 (0.069)
Aichi: 0.044 (0.074)
Kyoto: 0.041 (0.087)
Osaka: 0.051 (0.061)
Okinawa: 0.022 (0.058)

The levels are measured in microsieverts.

Note: The US government apparently believes the Japanese government is underestimating and or understating these figures. The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission is advising all people to stay 50 miles away from the Fukushima reactors, which is considerably greater than the Japanese recommendation of 12 miles.

Source: Asahi Newspaper

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Tohoku Earthquake Tsunami & Radiation Update

東日本大震災

The ongoing crisis with the nuclear facilities at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi (No. 1) plant on the coast of north eastern Japan south of the city of Sendai has overshadowed the relief operation and the suffering of the survivors of the mega quake and tsunami in the surrounding Tohoku area.



Bitter cold and snow allied to lack of transport and power supplies are making conditions increasing grim for the thousands and thousands of people stranded in makeshift shelters.

As fears of radiation increase in Tokyo more and more people, especially foreign residents, but also increasing numbers of local Japanese, appear to be leaving the Japanese capital, where travel chaos, frequent, strong aftershocks and growing shortages of some basics appear more of an immediate discomfort than the threat of radiation.

The UK government's travel advice taken in consultation with the UK's Chief Scientic Officer Sir John Beddington of Imperial College states that there is no immediate danger to those people outside the 20km exclusion zone set up by the government of PM Naoto Kan.

The scale of the human tragedy that Japan has suffered since March 11 remains truly saddening.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Support Japan T-shirts

Support Japan

This shirt has been designed as part of an effort to raise funds to support the much-needed rescue and relief efforts in northern Japan. Designed and printed by MB Prints in Nagoya, the shirt is 100% cotton and carries the details (magnitude, time and date) of the earthquake that has caused such devastation: 8.9 14:49 3-11-2011.

Support Japan T-shirts


If you're in Japan and/or prefer to pay in Yen, you can also buy these shirts directly from MB Prints. If you'd like to help out directly, you can donate by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999. The text will automatically donate $10 to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief fund of the American Red Cross.

¥1500 (approx. $18.50) from the sale of these t-shirts will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross

Support Japan T-shirts

Osaka Loewe Shop Umeda

Osaka Loewe大阪ロエベ梅田店

The Spanish luxury goods shop Loewe has a brilliant, eye-catching sign at its Umeda store.

A short walk from Osaka Station, on the opposite side of the street from the Hilton Hotel, the deep pink sign glowed warmly on a cold March night.

On our way to an Elvis Costello concert around the corner, we were nearly tempted to pop in and check out an Amazona 28 bag.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tokyo Power Cuts Update II

東京停電

Power cuts announced for Tokyo since the weekend have so far all been postponed, largely to people's cooperation in reducing electricity consumption. However, the latest news is that they can no longer be postponed, and will be happening from this evening - in fact, as this blog entry is being written.

Please go the Yahoo Japan Emergency Information website for details.

Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake 



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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Dead and Missing

東日本大震災死亡不明者

As of March 14, midnight, the number of dead and missing by prefecture:

Hokkaido: 1 dead
Aomori: 3 dead, 1 missing
Iwate: 795 dead, 3,341 missing
Miyagi: 1,823 dead, 10,911 missing
Yamagata: 1 dead
Fukushima: 431 dead, 1,573 missing
Ibaragi: 20 dead
Ibaraki: 4 dead
Gunma: 1 dead
Chiba: 16 dead, 7 missing
Tokyo: 7 dead
Kanagawa: 7 dead

Total: 3,105 dead, 15,833 missing

These numbers are sure to increase as rescue work continues.

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Tomb of Emperor Nintoku

Tomb of Emperor Nintoku人徳天皇百舌鳥耳原中隆

South of Osaka in the port city of Sakai are a series of tumuli dating from the third to seventh centuries A.D.

The raised mounds - many acres in scale - are known as "kofun" in Japanese.

They are the final resting place of emperors and the aristocracy of early Japan.

This tomb, which is administered by the Imperial Household Agency - and off-limits not just to visitors but also to archeologists - is thought to have been built in the early 5th century.

It contains the remains of the emperor Nintoku.

From above, the tomb is key-shaped. It has never been excavated.

It covers 115 acres, and your visit begins and ends at the point from which this photo was taken.

Access

From Tennoji Station, on the JR Loop Line, take the Hanwa Line to Mozu Station. six-minute walk.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Tokyo power cut - change to Group 5

東京停電 情報

It has just been announced that Group 5 areas in the greater Tokyo area may well be subject to power cuts between 5pm and 7pm this evening.

◆Group 5

【栃木県】さくら市、宇都宮市、塩谷町、高根沢町、壬生町、上三川町、鹿沼市、大田原市、那須烏山市、那須塩原市、那珂川町、日光市、市貝町、茂木町、矢板市

【群馬県】安中市、伊勢佐木氏、下仁田町、甘楽町、南牧村、榛名町、草津町、中之条町、長野原町、嬬恋村、吾妻町、高崎市、玉村町、渋川市、大胡町、富士見村、前橋市、吉井町、上野村、神流町、藤岡市、富岡市、吉岡町

【茨城県】かすみがうら市、つくば市、稲敷市、下妻市、笠間市、牛堀町、潮来町、行方市、旭村、波崎市、鹿嶋市、取手市、小美玉市、霞ケ浦町、八郷町、神栖市、石岡市、潮来市、内浦市、茨城町、小川町、鉾田市

【埼玉県】越谷市、熊谷市、行方市、三郷市、上里町、神川町、美里町、深谷市、川口市、草加市、秩父市、八潮市、鳩ケ谷市、本庄市

【千葉県】旭市、印西市、栄町、浦安市、我孫子市、海上市、鎌ケ谷市、神崎町、多古町、大栄町、東庄町、香取市、香取市、佐倉市、横芝光町、芝山町、四街道市、市川市、松戸市、成田市、船橋市、匝瑳市、銚子市、柏市、白井市、野田市、流山市

【東京都】葛飾区、荒川区、足立区、台東区、町田市

【神奈川県】愛川町、清川村、伊勢原市、横浜市磯子区、同栄区、同戸塚区、同港北区、同青葉区、同泉区、同都筑区、同南区、同緑区、海老名市、鎌倉市、 茅ケ崎市、厚木市、寒川町、座間市、秦野市、川崎市宮前区、同高津区、同多摩区、同中原区、同麻生区、相模原市、相模原市中央区、同南区、同緑区、大磯 町、二宮町、城山町、相模湖町、津久井町、藤沢市、平塚市

【山梨県】甲州市、甲州市、甲斐市、山梨市、上野原市、市川三郷町、大月市、笛吹市、都留市、見延町、南部町、富士川町、山中湖村、西桂町、道志村、忍野村、富士河口湖町、鳴沢村、富士吉田市


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Tokyo power cut groups by area

停電 グループ

The greater Tokyo area has been divided into five groups for the purposes of timing the power cuts made necessary by damage to electricity generation facilities due to the earthquake and tsunamis of March 11.

The five groups, and the scheduled times of the power cuts for each group are as below.

(Even if you can't read Japanese, just find the name of your area online, copy it, and do a search of the list below.)

◆Group 1 (morning of March 14 to 10am, 4.50pm to 8.30pm)

【栃木県】さくら市、宇都宮市、益子町、塩谷町、市貝町、真岡市、大田原市、那珂川町、那須烏山市、那須町、芳賀町、高根沢町、国分寺町、二宮町、茂木町、野木町、下野市、上三川町、小山市、足利市、栃木市、那須塩原市、小川町、矢板市

【群馬県】みどり市、伊勢崎市、吉岡町、玉村町、桐生市、高崎市、渋川市、榛東村、前橋市、赤堀町、東村、笠懸町、上野村、神流村、太田市、昭和村、片品村

【茨城県】かすみがうら市、つくばみらい市、つくば市、阿見町、稲敷市、下妻市、河内町、牛久市、境町、茎崎町、結城市、桜川市、取手市、守谷市、常総市、古河市、石岡市

【埼玉県】さいたま市西区、ふじみ野市、皆野町、狭山市、坂戸市、三芳町、志木市、所沢市、小鹿野町、新座市、川越市、秩父市、朝霞市、入間市、富士見市、和光市、大井町

【千葉県】野田市、流山市、柏市、白井市、松戸市、我孫子市、千葉市、大網白里町、八街市、東金市、山武市、長南町、市原市、長柄町、睦沢町、茂原市、白子町、船橋市、鎌ケ谷市、八千代市、四街道市、佐倉市、酒々井町、白井町、横芝光町、九十九里町、芝山町、成田市、千葉市稲毛区、千葉市花見川区、千葉市若葉区、千葉市中央区、千葉市美浜区、千葉市緑区、一宮町、長生村、富里市

【東京都】武蔵野市、三鷹市、西東京市、東久留米市、小平市、小金井市、東村山市、清瀬市、杉並区、東大和市、練馬区

【神奈川県】逗子市、横須賀市、鎌倉市、藤沢市、茅ケ崎市、相模原市、座間市、海老名市、綾瀬市、平塚市、寒川町、厚木市、愛川町、清川村、伊勢原市、横浜市磯子区、横浜市栄区、横浜市金沢区、横浜市戸塚区、横浜市港南区、横浜市泉区、葉山町、相模原市中央区、相模原市南区、大和市

【静岡県】御殿場市、裾野市、小山町、富士市

◆Group 2 (morning of March 14 from 9.20am to 1pm, 6.20pm to 10pm)

【栃木県】岩舟町、壬生町、大平町、野木町、下野市、上三川町、佐野市、鹿沼市、小山市、西方町、栃木市

【群馬県】板倉町

【茨城県】境町、五霞町、三和町、八千代町、結城市、古河市、坂東市

【埼玉県】さいたま市浦和区、さいたま市岩槻区、さいたま市見沼区、さいたま市桜区、さいたま市西区、さいたま市大宮区、さいたま市中央区、さいたま市南区、さいたま市北区、さいたま市緑区、羽生市、越谷市、桶川市、加須市、吉川市、久喜市、狭山市、熊谷市、戸田市、幸手市、行田市、鴻巣市、坂戸市、春日部市、所沢市、上尾市、川越市、川口市、草加市、鶴ケ島市、宮代町、白岡町、日高市、越生町、毛呂山町、入間市、鳩ケ谷市、飯能市、ときがわ町、川島町、松伏町、杉戸町、北川辺町、伊奈町、北本市、蓮田市、蕨市、三郷市

【千葉県】旭市、印西市、栄町、酒々井町、浦安市、我孫子市、鎌ケ谷市、神崎町、多古町、大栄町、東庄町、香取市、佐倉市、芝山町、四街道市、市川市、習志野市、松戸市、成田市、千葉市稲毛区、千葉市花見川区、千葉市若葉区、千葉市中央区、千葉市美浜区、千葉市緑区、船橋市、匝瑳市、柏市、白井市、八千代市、富里市、野田市、流山市

【東京都】あきる野市、稲城市、国分寺市、国立市、狛江市、三鷹市、小金井市、小平市、昭島市、西東京市、多摩市、町田市、調布市、東久留米市、日野市、八王子市、府中市、武蔵野市

【神奈川県】綾瀬市、横浜市旭区、横浜市瀬谷区、横浜市青葉区、横浜市都筑区、横浜市保土ケ谷区、横浜市緑区、海老名市、茅ケ崎市、寒川町、座間市、小田原市、秦野市、川崎市高津区、川崎市多摩区、川崎市麻生区、相模原市中央区、相模原市南区、相模原市緑区、中井町、大和市、大磯町、二宮町、平塚市

◆Group 3 (From 20 past midnight on the morning of March 14 to 4pm)

【栃木県】宇都宮市、塩谷町、岩舟町、壬生町、石橋町、都賀町、野木町、下野市、上三川町、佐野市、鹿沼市、小山市、西方町、真岡市、足利市、栃木市、日光市

【群馬県】伊勢崎市、館林市、太田市、千代田町、大泉町、板倉町、明和町、邑楽町

【茨城県】かすみがうら市、つくば市、ひたちなか市、阿見町、河内町、江戸崎町、稲敷美浦町、稲敷市、下妻市、牛久市、八千代町、結城市、行方氏、桜川市、常陸太田市、常陸大宮市、水戸市、筑西市土浦市、茨城町、城里町、大洗町、東海村、那珂町、那珂市、ひたちなか市、鉾田市、利根町、利根町、龍ケ崎市

【埼玉県】さいたま市浦和区、さいたま市岩槻区、さいたま市見沼区、さいたま市桜区、さいたま市大宮区、さいたま市中央区、さいたま市南区、さいたま市北区、さいたま市緑区、ふじみ野市、羽生市、越谷市、桶川市、熊谷市、戸田市、行田市、鴻巣市、志木市、上里町、神川町、美里町、春日部市、所沢市、上尾市、新座市、深谷市、岡部町、寄居町、妻沼町、朝霞市、東松山市、宮代町、三芳町、入間市、飯能市、滑川町、吉見町、小川町、嵐山町、富士見市、杉戸町、伊奈町、北本市、本庄市、蓮田市、和光市、蕨市

【千葉県】旭市、印西市、栄町、酒々井町、八街町、我孫子市、多古町、大栄町、東庄町、香取市、佐倉市、横芝光町、横芝町、九十九里町、芝山町、松尾町、大網白里町、山武市、四街道市、成田市、千葉市稲毛区、千葉市花見川区、千葉市若葉区、千葉市中央区、千葉市緑区、匝瑳市、銚子市、東金市、白井市、八街市、富里市

◆Group 4 (March 14 1.50pm to 5.30pm)

【栃木県】岩舟町、佐野市、鹿沼市、足利市、栃木市、茂木町

【群馬県】みどり市、伊勢崎市、館林市、桐生市、境町、赤堀町、東村、前橋市、太田市、千代田町、大泉町、板倉町、明和町、邑楽町

【茨城県】ひたちなか市、五露町、笠間市、行方市、桜川市、小美玉市、常陸太田市、常陸大宮市、水戸市、岩間町、岩瀬町、石岡市、茨城町、城里町、大洗町、東海村、那珂町、那珂市、鉾田市

【埼玉県】さいたま市浦和区、さいたま市岩槻区、さいたま市見沼区、さいたま市桜区、さいたま市西区、さいたま市大宮区、さいたま市中央区、さいたま市南区、さいたま市北区、さいたま市緑区、ふじみ野市、桶川市、加須市、久喜市、狭山市、熊谷市、戸田市、幸手市、鴻巣市、坂戸市、三郷市、上尾市、新座市、深谷市、戸田市、幸手市、鴻巣市、坂戸市、三郷市、上尾市、新座市、深谷市、川越市、川口市、草加市、寄居町、大里町、横瀬町、横皆野町、長瀞町、東秩父村、秩父市、朝霞市、鶴ケ島市、東松島市、宮代町、白岡町、日高市、越生町、三芳町、毛呂山町、入間市、八潮市、鳩ケ谷市、飯能市、ときがわ町、滑川町、吉見町、小川町、川島町、鳩山町、嵐山町、富士見市、鷺宮町、伊奈町、北本市、本庄市、蓮田市、和光市、蕨市

【千葉県】鎌ケ谷市、習志野市、千葉市花見川区、千葉市中央区、千葉市美浜区、船橋市、八千代市

【東京都】稲城市、国分寺市、国立市、狛江市、昭島市、世田谷区、足立区、大田区、町田市、日野市、八王子市、品川区、武蔵村山市、目黒区、立川市

◆Group 5 (March 14 3.20pm - 7pm)

【栃木県】さくら市、宇都宮市、塩谷町、高根沢町、壬生町、上三川町、鹿沼市、大田原市、那須烏山市、那須塩原市、那珂川町、日光市、市貝町、茂木町、矢板市

【群馬県】安中市、伊勢佐木氏、下仁田町、甘楽町、南牧村、榛名町、草津町、中之条町、長野原町、嬬恋村、吾妻町、高崎市、玉村町、渋川市、大胡町、富士見村、前橋市、吉井町、上野村、神流町、藤岡市、富岡市、吉岡町

【茨城県】かすみがうら市、つくば市、稲敷市、下妻市、笠間市、牛堀町、潮来町、行方市、旭村、波崎市、鹿嶋市、取手市、小美玉市、霞ケ浦町、八郷町、神栖市、石岡市、潮来市、内浦市、茨城町、小川町、鉾田市

【埼玉県】越谷市、熊谷市、行方市、三郷市、上里町、神川町、美里町、深谷市、川口市、草加市、秩父市、八潮市、鳩ケ谷市、本庄市

【千葉県】旭市、印西市、栄町、浦安市、我孫子市、海上市、鎌ケ谷市、神崎町、多古町、大栄町、東庄町、香取市、香取市、佐倉市、横芝光町、芝山町、四街道市、市川市、松戸市、成田市、船橋市、匝瑳市、銚子市、柏市、白井市、野田市、流山市

【東京都】葛飾区、荒川区、足立区、台東区、町田市

 【神奈川県】愛川町、清川村、伊勢原市、横浜市磯子区、同栄区、同戸塚区、同港北区、同青葉区、同泉区、同都筑区、同南区、同緑区、海老名市、鎌倉市、茅ケ崎市、厚木市、寒川町、座間市、秦野市、川崎市宮前区、同高津区、同多摩区、同中原区、同麻生区、相模原市、相模原市中央区、同南区、同緑区、大磯町、二宮町、城山町、相模湖町、津久井町、藤沢市、平塚市

【山梨県】甲州市、甲州市、甲斐市、山梨市、上野原市、市川三郷町、大月市、笛吹市、都留市、見延町、南部町、富士川町、山中湖村、西桂町、道志村、忍野村、富士河口湖町、鳴沢村、富士吉田市

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