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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
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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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Entries for the Month of March 2011

In Miscellaneous Earthquake 11: prints, yakuza... Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #57 New 03-29-2011 05:27 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
http://www.flickr.com/groups/charityprintauctions/

latest information
http://www.google.com/intl/en/crisis...quake2011.html

hospital story
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110327002681.htm

coping
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110329/...solated_island

an aid worker's story
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...anqampa29.html

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
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...yingcoast.html

self-restraint
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/wo...a/28tokyo.html

godzilla again
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...,5704065.story

the yakuza (in french)
http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2011
...More Read More
Views: 1758 | Comments: 3


In Miscellaneous Earthquake 10: Songs (+ fonts) for Japan Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #56 New 03-27-2011 04:48 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
http://imaginepeace.com/archives/14279

video of tsunami destroying a town - un be lievable
http://storyful.com/stories/gjdihk

what life is like in an evacuation centre
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/wo...6refugees.html

some personal stories
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0110327x1.html

more aftermath stories
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d7fac1ca-5...#axzz1HhOjWUtb

powerful photos
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2...-later/100034/

a psychiatrist says take a break from bad news
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na002000c.html

personal opinion of a nuclear safety professional
http://travel-for-love.com/2011/03/1...in-japan-my-pe
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Views: 2467 | Comments: 3


In Miscellaneous Earthquake 9: Art (really) Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #55 New 03-25-2011 09:00 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
http://the-diplomat.com/photo-essay/...-world-reacts/

social networking sites after the disaster
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110324004117.htm

japan's energy policy
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,1865003.story

tokyo time out information blog plus home page
http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/featu...ks-information
http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo

when you inspect a nuclear facility to see if can be used for another 10 years take it seriously
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/wo...22nuclear.html

time lapse map of seismic activity before and after the quake plus link to the same for NZ
http://www.japanquakemap.com/

interesting blog about life in Tohoku
http://gregharbin.posterous.com/a-sh...ce-of-patience

heroes by david bowie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgcc5V9Hu3g



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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 8: socks and riceballs Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #54 New 03-24-2011 09:00 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
http://jasonkelly.com/2011/03/into-ibaraki/

how to make a riceball
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0110324f1.html

on the road for Reuters
http://changrankim.posterous.com/a-w...ersonal-accoun

the zen priest and the spring equinox
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...i-mockett.html

a man gave up his life to protect the emergency phone
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110323004438.htm

how to live without running water
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110323004953.htm

the earthquake seen by an architect
http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/featu...ts-perspective

rock and pop stars and maybe Japan's next prime minister…
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-24/lady-
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 7: no title Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #53 New 03-23-2011 11:00 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
http://badassoftheweek.com/akaiwa.html

prescient warning about earthquakes and nuclear facilities from 2004
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0040523x2.html

graduation
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/wo...3graduate.html

Tohoku regional shops in Tokyo
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/wo...a/23shops.html

anonymous tiger mask donations! (see my mask blog post)
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110322002426.htm

84-year-old geisha
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na016000c.html

tweeting from Fukushima
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/0...rom-fukushima/

scientific analysis and photo essays
http://blog.slideshare.net/2011/03/2...nese-disaster/

quake data in visuals
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0110323a1.html

a list of the costliest natural disasters
http://www.economist.com/blogs/daily...ural_disasters

how social media like facebook and twitter are
...More Read More
Views: 1658 | Comments: 4


In Miscellaneous Earthquake 6: latest articles Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #52 New 03-22-2011 05:00 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)
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0110322a1.html

blog by a volunteer organization in Japan
http://2hjdrbloge.blogspot.com/

a town waits
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/wo...22missing.html

two people found alive after nine days
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110321004084.htm

older people affected especially hard
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fg-ja...,6034772.story

the truth about the nuclear samurai
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...-japan-reactor

graphs of earthquake and radiation data in Japan
http://fleep.com/earthquake/

the argument for nuclear power is even stronger now? well make up your own mind
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...apan-fukushima

great photos
http://maxhodges.com/



© niall matthews 2011
Views: 1772 | Comments: 2


In Miscellaneous Earthquake 5: Black Rain Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #51 New 03-21-2011 10:31 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.


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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 4: what's really going on Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #50 New 03-20-2011 02:04 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
http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/featu...the-soundtrack

what is a tsunami - very cool and clear computer model of what happened
http://silverstar22b.tumblr.com/post...deling-via-nhk

unbelievable footage of the tsunami as it happened taken on a mobile phone
http://link.brightcove.com/services/...d=833933309001

clear map of Japan radiation levels
http://www.cbryanjones.com/journal/2...n-english.html

cool radiation dose chart
http://xkcd.com/radiation/

why I am not worried and why the French advice is not based on science, quoi
https://www.bccjapan.com/asp/general.asp?contentid=108

the people who have lost absolutely everything are coping far better than the people who have lost absolutely nothing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...nd-mayhem.html

things are stable despite the hysterical press coverage
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03...ushima_friday/

f ...More Read More
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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 3: random fragments Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #49 New 03-18-2011 04:39 AM
Earthquake 3: random fragments This is another post about the serious situation in Japan. It is not about budo. Some random fragments from twitter and other places.

Great advice any time
"Please prepare for aftershock, control your activity and be careful not to put yourself into confusion."
From the Kodokan (world judo headquarters) home page

Rip-off
British Airways. Return fare to the UK quoted to a guy before the quake: 55,000 yen (say $700) per person.
Return fare to the UK quoted to him after the quake (same flight, same day): 600,000 yen (say $7,500) per person.

Tears
Read on BBC. A nine-year-old boy who lost his family in the tsunami is searching for them. Of course he didn't have any photos. So he drew pictures.

Surprise
An Italian rescue group arrived in Japan to find that the level of radiation in Tokyo was lower than in Rome.

Double punch
When all this is over who is going to want to buy rice or fruit or vegetables from Fukushima?

Crisis (mis)management parallel
"A potentially catastrophic technological problem, an incomplete crisis response plan, misleading early information, divided private and public authority, ineffective initial actions."
This is about the BP oilspill not Fukushima

Not confidence-inspiring
TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) and METI (the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) have a history of covering up nuclear incidents.

When experts warn you, listen
"Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nucle ...More Read More
Views: 2391 | Comments: 8


In Miscellaneous Earthquake 2: update + information Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #48 New 03-16-2011 06:51 AM
Earthquake 2: update + information This is a follow-up post about the serious situation in Japan. It is not about budo.

Since the earthquake on Friday 11 March and the devastation of the tsunami in the north of Japan things around Tokyo have been very still. There are still shortages of basic foods. Trains are still running very reduced services. There are still frequent aftershocks. The Japanese government is still very economical with information. The US Embassy and the British Embassy still tell people not to worry.

Now the French government has informed French people in Japan that they should leave Japan or go to the south of the country far from the affected areas. Extra flights are scheduled for evacuation of French nationals.

So that's the situation. No rice. No bread. Geiger counters. And the French government telling its citizens to get out of Dodge.

A British rescue team from International Rescue Corps came to Japan on Monday. They had helped in 32 countries before this and only ever had problems with the governments in China and Afghanistan. Here they couldn't get the right paperwork from the British Embassy. So they went back home on Wednesday. Disappointed probably wouldn't describe their feelings adequately.

We pray that everyone in Fukushima prefecture and Miyagi prefecture who doesn't have a home now has managed to find some shelter and warmth and food and water. Relief trucks don't have enough fuel. And tonight it is snowing with temperatures below zero Celsius/in the twen ...More Read More
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