When he was just 17, C. W. Nicol journeyed from his homeland of Wales to the North Pole and across Canada. A decade later, he was struggling desperately against poachers as an officer in Ethiopia's Ministry of Wildlife Conservation. After a long life of adventuring and devotion to the martial arts, he settled down in the wilds of Satoyama, Nagano Prefecture. In 1986, he began to preserve and restore the woodlands on a rough patch of land on the Kurohime Plateau now known as the C. W. Nicol Afan Woodland. The author of multiple works in many languages, frequently on things natural, C. W. took Japanese nationality in 1995. His ecotourism work, including establishing the Afan Forest Foundation in 2002, aims to expand public initiatives and awareness, and he has often served as the environmental conscience of Japan's government. Particularly after the Great East Japan Earthquake, no one has a stronger desire to see people living in harmony with nature. http://www.cwnicol.com/ http://afan.or.jp/
Joe Rogan interviews Enson Inoue (and Chuck Liddell for a bit) to delve into an interesting look at the Japanese underworld and its relation to the once thriving MMA scene in Japan, which is recovering slowly along with the country and its economy.
Leuren Moret Discusses MKUltra, Tavistock, HAARP, and many of the experiments that were carried out at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford University, and Livermore Labs.
On the one hand this is good for preventing people from panicking, but at the same time, it might be oversimplifying the situation. Get up to date info about Japan's nuclear radiation here:
Japan Radiation Maps
This video was created based on the simple analysis of the current state of the Fukushima Nuclear power plant by media artist Kazuhiko Hachiya (@hachiya on twitter).
Neither Mr. Hachiya nor video creator is an expert on the subject, and we advise you to obtain accurate information from the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the government and especially independent environmental monitoring agencies.
**To all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish for the safety of you all.**
"Hayaku" definition: Hurry up
Camera: Canon 5DMKII Additional equipment: Mumford Moco
Music: Royksopp - Triumphant The Album Leaf - Window
A reverse take on the "things people say" idea, this time as applied to things that you never hear Foreign Tourists, Visitors, Students, Workers and Immigrants living in Japan say.
A good one from the now already infamous "things people say" series... focused on Foreign Tourists, Visitors, Students, Teachers, Workers and Immigrants living in Japan.
Tokyo has clearly moved on from the disaster of the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear-meltdown, but in the aftermath, many questions still remain. Such as why spent fuel rods have not yet been removed and exactly when TEPCO and the Japanese government will accept full responsibility and admit that they need outside help from the rest of the world to complete the clean up and secure the situation at Fukushima reactors 3 and 4 especially. So much culture and beauty of the great nation of Japan depends on this honesty to prevent what some experts say would be a mandatory evacuation of Tokyo if another major natural disaster struck near the battered nuclear power plants in Fukushima.
http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/2570-year-earthquake-tsunami-devastated-japan-infographic.html http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/2572-craziest-japan-earthquake-effects.html http://www.livescience.com/18885-listening-9-0-magnitude-japanese-earthquake.html http://fairewinds.com/content/die-wahrheit-hinter-dem-super-gau (German)
http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2011/03/16/coverup-and-denial-in-japan http://xkcd.com/radiation/ 25km from Tokyo: Radiation now 10 times higher at many locations in Kashiwa compared to pre-Fukushima levels: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/02/prof-yukio-hayakawas-walk-with-his.htmlhttp://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/09/massive-new-radiation-releases-possible-from-fukushima-especially-if-melted-core-materials-hit-water.html http://news.yahoo.com/photos/typhoon-roke-1316521844-slideshow/surging-waves-hit-against-breakwater-udono-port-town-photo-065609122.html http://www.zerohedge.com/article/japans-latest-proposal-contain-fukushimas-radioactive-fallout-circus-tent http://www.weather-report.jp/com/home/kishomap/fusoku/japan.html http://solarimg.org/?p=1722
Exactly one year and 1 month after the Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear reactor meltdown disaster I happened across this clip from my all-time favorite film, Akira Kurosawa's Dreams reminding me that Akira Kurosawa predicted the dangers of Japan's increasing reliance on nuclear energy. I'm also happy to learn that 52 out of 54 nuclear reactors are now in cold shutdown as a precaution, and may even be de-commissioned if the Citizens' Nuclear Information Center of Japan has their way.
Ganbatte (good luck to them)!
The vast field of debris from the Japanese Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that's floating towards in the Pacific ocean is due to arrive in North America soon. One analyst said: "If you put a major city through a trash grinder and sprinkle it on the water, that's what you're dealing with" (NPR). Some of the debris to hit the West Coast may also unfortunately be radioactive following the devastation at Japanese nuclear power plants. The debris field includes cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes.
A vast field of debris, swept out to sea following the Japan earthquake and tsunami, is floating towards the U.S. and Canadian West Coast, it has emerged. More than 200,000 buildings were washed out by the enormous waves that followed the 9.0 quake on March 11.
Scientists say the first bits of debris from Japan are due to reach the West Coast in a year's time after being carried by currents toward Washington, Oregon and California.
They will then turn toward Hawaii and back again toward Asia, circulating in what is known as the North Pacific Gyre,
A rare look at a TEPCO nuclear cleanup worker speaking about the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini reactors on camera.
Fairewinds shows that the nuclear industry's plan to vent the containment at Fukushima Daiichi could not have prevented a containment failure and the ensuing explosions. Look at the graphics from the containment stress tests conducted more than 40 years ago at a US nuclear reactor identical to Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1. This video and its graphics provide important clues about why Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 exploded.
Newly released neutron data from three University of California San Diego scientists confirms Fairewinds' April analysis that the nuclear core at Fukushima Daiichi turned on and off after TEPCO claimed its reactors had been shutdown. This periodic nuclear chain reaction (inadvertent criticality) continued to contaminate the surrounding environment and upper atmosphere with large doses of radioactivity.
In a second area of concern, Fairewinds disagrees the NRC's latest report claiming that all Fukushima spent fuel pools had no problems following the earthquake. In a new revelation, the NRC claims that the plutonium found more than 1 mile offsite actually came from inside the nuclear reactors. If such a statement were true, it indicates that the nuclear power plant containments failed and were breached with debris landing far from the power plants themselves. Such a failure of the containment system certainly necessitates a complete review of all US reactor containment design and industry assurances that containments will hold in radioactivity in the event of a nuclear accident. The evidence Fairewinds reviewed to date continues to support its April analysis that the detonation in the Unit 3 Spent Fuel pool was the cause of plutonium found off site.
Third, the burning of radioactive materials (building materials, trees, lawn grass, rice straw) by the Japanese government will cause radioactive Cesium to spread even further into areas within Japan that have been previously clean, and across the Pacific Ocean to North America.
And finally, the Japanese government has yet to grasp the severity of the contamination within Japan, and therefore has not developed a coherent plan mitigate the accident and remediate the environment. Without a cohesive plan to deal with this ongoing problem of large scale radioactive contamination, the radioactivity will continue to spread throughout Japan and around the globe further exacerbating the problem and raising costs astronomically.
As the end credits rolled for the first Stars Wars, Mika asked to see the next (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) right away. This is what she thought of it. English is not her native language.
Mika completes the StarWars trilogy. English is not her native language.
This is Mika's impression of the first Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope (1977) after seeing it for the first time. She did a comical yet good job, despite the fact that English is not her native language.
Kome Kome Club (pronounced "Come Come Club") with their 80s tune about all the stereotypes Gaijin (foreigners) tended to have about Japan, its people and their culture. Sadly, much of these stereotypes still prevail today, at least from those who have not lived in Japan or visited it. Even more unfortunate is that these can sometimes be wrongly assumed by Japanese to still be common stereotypes even amongst those who have visited or lived in Japan, which today with the Internet (for those interested to do their own fact-finding) and greater openness of Japanese culture, is rarely the case. Still this is a catchy tune with a message about racial stereotypes.
Genki Sudo wipes the floor with the competition at the Westside Grappling Tournament in California, 2001. Winning the tournament qualified him for the ADCC's, where he went on to lose to Rodrigo Gracie.
This Saturday, July 16th (2011) Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan will officially open the world's steepest roller-coaster, called the "Takashiba". Never to be outdone, the announcement for the new roller-coaster came within a few years of their pride and joy Fujiyama roller-coaster being unseated by several other coasters, the latest being the record-holding Kingda Ka in Jackson, New Jersey USA as the world's tallest, fastest and farthest dropping roller-coaster.