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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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Status: Public
Entries: 155
Comments: 1,111
Views: 1,949,205


In Miscellaneous cult Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #121 New 06-08-2012 11:37 AM
Aum by Abel Pardo López

A few days ago I wrote a casual post called the fugitive about a cool escaped penguin. I talked about the The Fugitive and Blade Runner.

Then real life caught up. Aum is a Japanese cult. Aum members committed terrorist attacks in Japan in the 1990s including a sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway. Three Aum members have been on the most wanted list in Japan since they fled 16 years ago. Their photos are posted outside police boxes all across Japan.

Then one of them Makoto Hirata suddenly and unexpectedly gave himself up on 31 December 2011. Perhaps in a deliberate move to force a delay in the execution of Shoko Asahara the leader of Aum. Next the police caught Naoko Kikuchi on Sunday 4 June in Kanagawa. Then the third member Katsuya Takahashi panicked when he heard the news of Kikuchi's arrest and was caught on video making several large cash withdrawals. It was the first time he had been spotted in the 16 years. The police rushed to arrest him but missed him by one hour. I hope they catch him very soon.

The story of Aum was like many cults that become twisted and deformed by personal greed and pride. Hundreds of young people drifting in Japanese society were attracted to its simplistic pseudo-Buddhist answers. The cult used mind control techniques and resorted to extortion. Gradually the cult leadership came to believe that they were above the law. It was almost impossible for members to leave. A young lawyer called Tsutsumi Sakam ...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous testimonials Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #69 New 06-19-2011 08:09 AM
cameron diaz by masami used under creative commons licence

There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won't.
Annie Lennox

To be perfectly honest, what I'm really thinking about are dollar signs.
Tonya Harding

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, and the trouble is I don't know which half.
John Wanamaker

back when the names of things
hadn't had time to stick

Rita Dove, Testimonial

when I'm watchin' my tv
and that man comes on to tell me
how white my shirts can be

Rolling Stones, Satisfaction

I was surprised - of course I shouldn't have been - to notice deliberate product placement in an anime animated cartoon. You don't even need to film or photograph a real product. You can just draw one.

Japanese people don't seem to mind overt commercial sponsorship. Many of the professional baseball teams - like the Chunichi Dragons or the Seibu Lions - are known by their sponsor's name, not their city's name. Some commercials using Hollywood stars were so bad that they were not allowed to be shown outside Japan.

Today I am going to give my own endorsements. But they are real. Not for the products - the quality of Japanese products is usually excellent. But for really great service.

I have a pen that was owned by my first aikido teacher. His wife gave it to me with some personal things of his after he died. I use it every day. It's about thirty years old. It is a ballpoint pen with two colour ...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 11: prints, yakuza... Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #57 New 03-29-2011 04:27 AM
Earthquake 11: prints, yakuza...
Rainbow of Peace by Jason Hill used under creative commons licence

Some of the latest stories and information from Japan and one more way you can help. You can buy a print from flickr. You bid on it and when you win you make the donation to charity and the photographer sends you the print.

charity prints for japan

latest information

hospital story


an aid worker's story

TEPCO executives being investigated by police for professional negligence (and check out the information on the yakuza on the rest of the site)
http://www.japansubculture.com/2011/...BB%E5%82%B 7/

to rebuild or not


godzilla again

the yakuza (in french)
...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 10: Songs (+ fonts) for Japan Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #56 New 03-27-2011 03:48 AM
Earthquake 10: Songs (+ fonts) for Japan
The Chrysanthemum by arnoKath for Font Aid V: Made for Japan charity typeface project, also to help Japan, is used with very kind permission

Here is another great way to help the victims of the earthquake. You can get Songs for Japan for $9.99. All the money goes to the Japanese Red Cross. 38 tracks by Bon Jovi, Dylan, Eminem, Pink, Sade, Springsteen, Sting… Yoko Ono donated Imagine by John Lennon. I have always liked Yoko Ono since a friend of mine told me about writing to her when he was a boy. It was just to say he was so sorry about John's death. Yoko Ono wrote back personally. So check out her site for the details or just go to itunes. And here are more background links.

Songs for Japan

video of tsunami destroying a town - un be lievable

what life is like in an evacuation centre

some personal stories

more aftermath stories

powerful photos

a psychiatrist says take a break from bad news

personal opinion of a nuclear safety professional
...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 9: Art (really) Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #55 New 03-25-2011 08:00 AM
Earthquake 9: Art (really)
Japan's heroes to the rescue from http://twitpic.com/4bzslz

In one of my earthquake posts I wrote recent articles in the title and at the side of the screen it was shortened to recent art. So for anyone who was hoping to see earthquake art and who was disappointed this is a great picture of Japanese superheroes helping out in the earthquake. If you recognize any of them please put their names in the comments! Check out the other cool pictures at that link too. We humans need all the help we can get.

photo essay

social networking sites after the disaster

japan's energy policy

tokyo time out information blog plus home page

when you inspect a nuclear facility to see if can be used for another 10 years take it seriously

time lapse map of seismic activity before and after the quake plus link to the same for NZ

interesting blog about life in Tohoku

heroes by david bowie

© niall matthews 2 ...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 8: socks and riceballs Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #54 New 03-24-2011 08:00 AM
Earthquake 8: socks and riceballs
photo: Date Masamune (Sengoku Basara) by animepapertoys used under creative commons licence

We are all only human and maybe there is only so much earthquake news our brains can take in. But Japan is still in emergency mode and I don't feel comfortable yet doing a normal blog article about budo. So for a little longer here is some of the news from Japan. Sendai is the town of Masamune Date. He had an eyepatch and a cool helmet with a big crescent moon. So if you need a change from the sadness and tragedy of the news maybe you or someone you know might want to make a model of him (you need both pages I think). But don't forget the prayers.

giving away the socks

how to make a riceball

on the road for Reuters

the zen priest and the spring equinox

a man gave up his life to protect the emergency phone

how to live without running water

the earthquake seen by an architect

rock and pop stars and maybe Japan's next prime minister…
...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 7: no title Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #53 New 03-23-2011 10:00 AM
Earthquake 7: no title
photo: Matsushima - Three Views of Japan by Kal.LKL used with very kind permission

There's no real news today. But there have been warnings that children and pregnant women should not drink tap water. Anyway some more interesting articles. Please keep praying and please keep doing whatever you can.

cool story about a real hero - don't read it if you are offended by profanity - or read it anyway if you think John McClane was tough in Die Hard

prescient warning about earthquakes and nuclear facilities from 2004


Tohoku regional shops in Tokyo

anonymous tiger mask donations! (see my mask blog post)

84-year-old geisha

tweeting from Fukushima

scientific analysis and photo essays

quake data in visuals

a list of the costliest natural disasters

how social media like facebook and twitter are
...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 6: latest articles Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #52 New 03-22-2011 04:00 AM
Earthquake 6: latest articles
thank you to Rei for the Miyagi aftermath photo

It was raining lightly again today. Some good recent articles and photos.

updated article on how you can help (or check out my previous earthquake posts)

blog by a volunteer organization in Japan

a town waits

two people found alive after nine days

older people affected especially hard

the truth about the nuclear samurai

graphs of earthquake and radiation data in Japan

the argument for nuclear power is even stronger now? well make up your own mind

great photos

© niall matthews 2011
Views: 4160 | Comments: 2

In Miscellaneous Earthquake 5: Black Rain Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #51 New 03-21-2011 09:31 AM
Earthquake 5: Black Rain
photo: Walk in the Rain | Yurakucho Tokyo http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesjustin/4347672891/ by Justin C used under creative commons licence

il pleure dans mon coeur
comme il pleut sur la ville

it's raining in my heart
like the rain falling on the city
Paul Verlaine

It was raining today.

Black Rain has a meaning in Japanese - the fallout from a nuclear bomb. 黒い雨 Kuroi Ame was a 1965 novel by Masuji Ibuse about the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. It was made into a movie with the same title directed by Shohei Imamura. The film was very well-received critically. The wikipedia entry about it says,

The film has a strong theme of the Buddhist beliefs on the suffering in life, that things are transient and the uncertainty of the time of one's death.

Then Hollywood used the same title for an action thriller directed by Ridley Scott. Black Rain is a cool title but in Japanese it's inextricably associated with the novel and with Hiroshima. The Japanese movie Kuroi Ame came out in May 1989 and the Hollywood movie Black Rain came out in September 1989. The American movie starred Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Yusaku Matsuda and Ken Takakura. It's not a great film but it is enjoyable and it's also memorable as the last performance of the cool and charismatic Japanese actor Yusaku Masuda. He had cancer and he died on 6 November 1989 soon after the movie's premiere aged thirty-nine.

Il pleure dans mon coeur by Paul Verlaine ...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 4: what's really going on Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #50 New 03-20-2011 01:04 AM
Earthquake 4: what's really going on
photo: 1000 origami cranes by lukinosity http://www.flickr.com/photos/lukinosity/5537327161/ with instructions on how to make your own! used with kind permission

It's over a week since the earthquake hit and we are beginning to get some perspective on what happened. For now some good links to real information.

get some cool music and help Japan

what is a tsunami - very cool and clear computer model of what happened

unbelievable footage of the tsunami as it happened taken on a mobile phone

clear map of Japan radiation levels

cool radiation dose chart

why I am not worried and why the French advice is not based on science, quoi

the people who have lost absolutely everything are coping far better than the people who have lost absolutely nothing

things are stable despite the hysterical press coverage

f ...More Read More
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