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Schlechtes Omen? Japan von Taifunen regelrecht überrannt

August 25th, 2016 | Tagged , | 4 Comments | 1270 reads

Taifune im Dreierpack (22. August 2016)

Taifune im Dreierpack (22. August 2016)

Usually experiences in the Tokyo area once or twice, sometimes not, a typhoon. Friends of this impressive natural phenomena come but this year increased their money, and the facts are worrisome. So the season for typhoons actually begins in September, but this year since the beginning of August it is already highly ago. Usually the nursery of typhoons is very far south, in the vicinity of the Mariana, doch dieses Jahr hat sich das Entstehungsgebiet sehr stark nach Norden verschoben und lag bei einigen Taifunen (10 bring the total to date) even in Japanese territory, a few hundred kilometers south of Honshu and Shikoku. Und normalerweise hat man es mit nur einem Taifun auf ein Mal zu tun – in sehr wenigen Jahren manchmal auch mit zweien kurz hintereinander. But in the past week moved three typhoons in a time by Japan. One of them went directly on Monday in Tokyo on land, but he was quite lenient – about 100 mm of rain (one fifth of the annual quantity in Berlin) fell within three hours, but the storm was limited. The third typhoon in Bunde, Number Taifun 10 named Lionrock, but perhaps even make a stir: This also was only a few hundred kilometers south of Shikoku and one week moving almost from the spot – the were also the inhabitants of some islands of Okinawa Prefecture to feel. Now he takes on a sudden trip and is becoming a super typhoon with wind speeds of up to 270 Kilometers per hour. Yet the exact path is difficult to predict, But should this typhoon rotate in about three days to the north, and this is quite probable, is Tokyo are haunted by a monster storm (If that is the case, This is to the 30. Around August happen). Meteorologists refer to him now as the worst typhoon in history, Tokyo directly threatened.

And, typhoons have increased. But this year, piling up of very high concern, so unprecedented weather phenomena, which can only mean one thing: The sea south of Japan must be much warmer than usual.

Taifun Lionrock und die berechnete (befürchtete) Route

Whether the typhoons now turn directly or not – For two weeks, they now see to that in the Tokyo area for extremely humid air and urplötzliche, violent cloudbursts. How it looks, will not change anytime soon. So if you currently bored in Japan and studied perhaps in the mountains for some cooler air, should make daily knowledge definitely, because in the mountains are typhoons and their spurs a real threat.

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What do they actually… climate change in Japan?

December 11th, 2015 | Tagged , | 1 Kommentar | 2276 reads

Just in time for the climate summit in Paris also Japan can enjoy exceptional weather phenomena: Currently just takes a storm on the land, one has never seen before at this time of year. The luggage: taifunverdächtige wind speeds and depending on the region to up 250 mm rainfall (half of Berlin's annual rainfall) within 24 Hours. This is usually in Japan only a hearty yawn worth, but not in December: Such a thing has never been more.

For sure,de, this year it was relatively cool in Japan. February was cold, and the summer downright cool Japanese standards – especially in September, the good 2 Degrees colder than normal was. Normally, within the meaning of “normal in the past two decades”, because you look at the temperature development in Tokyo during the past 135 Years at, so the direction is clear: Moving On Up. For sure,de – the numbers look more dramatic than they really are, because Tokyo was before 130 Years or prior 50 Years far less covered with concrete and verklimaanlagt as today, but even if one deducts the heat island phenomenon, remains a noticeable rise in temperature:

Year Jan Feb Sea Apr More Jun,zh-CN Jul Aug Sep October Nov Ten Years Centre
1880 2.6 5.8 8.4 12.3 17.7 19.8 24.2 25.5 22.5 16.6 10.2 3.9 14.1
1890 3.4 6.1 9.2 14.2 16.1 22.0 23.5 25.4 24.2 16.0 10.8 9.3 15.0
1900 1.6 3.1 5.7 11.4 17.3 19.3 22.8 26.1 22.6 16.5 11.0 5.5 13.6
1910 4.2 2.9 6.1 12.3 16.8 20.7 23.0 24.1 20.9 16.1 10.4 4.3 13.5
1920 4.1 2.6 6.6 12.6 16.8 20.3 26.1 25.7 21.4 16.4 12.0 5.2 14.2
1930 3.8 5.4 8.8 14.0 17.7 21.4 26.3 26.8 21.5 16.7 10.3 5.2 14.8
1940 2.7 3.7 8.2 13.1 17.7 22.1 26.9 24.9 21.7 17.8 12.3 6.2 14.8
1950 5.0 4.7 7.7 13.9 19.2 21.8 26.5 26.2 23.8 15.8 11.1 5.4 15.1
1960 5.0 6.6 9.5 12.8 17.8 21.5 25.8 26.4 23.6 16.8 12.3 6.7 15.4
1970 4.5 6.0 5.5 13.0 19.6 20.7 25.4 27.4 24.0 17.2 12.3 6.8 15.2
1980 5.6 5.2 8.2 13.6 19.2 23.6 23.8 23.4 23.0 18.2 13.0 7.7 15.4
1990 5.0 7.8 10.6 14.7 19.2 23.5 25.7 28.6 24.8 19.2 15.1 10.0 17.0
2000 7.6 6.0 9.4 14.5 19.8 22.5 27.7 28.3 25.6 18.8 13.3 8.8 16.9
2010 7.0 6.5 9.1 12.4 19.0 23.6 28.0 29.6 25.1 18.9 13.5 9.9 16.9
2011 5.1 7.0 8.1 14.5 18.5 22.8 27.3 27.5 25.1 19.5 14.9 7.5 16.5
2012 4.8 5.4 8.8 14.5 19.6 21.4 26.4 29.1 26.2 19.4 12.7 7.3 16.3
2013 5.5 6.2 12.1 15.2 19.8 22.9 27.3 29.2 25.2 19.8 13.5 8.3 17.1
2014 6.3 5.9 10.4 15.0 20.3 23.4 26.8 27.7 23.2 19.1 14.2 6.7 16.6
2015 5.8 5.7 10.3 14.5 21.1 22.1 26.2 26.7 22.6 18.4 13.9 9.5 17.0

Those: Japanese weather bureau, see here

Global warming is Japan particularly hard hit, and within the next few decades. Japan is already a land of weather extremes, with regularly occurring typhoons and enormous masses of snow. No scientist or prophet you have to be, to predict, that since, said euphemistically, “enormous challenges” will be added to the greater Tokyo area, since large sections of the city are already at or below sea level – and Tokyo is suffering in many years, as it under water shortage, which many can not imagine, because here three times as much rain as in Berlin: This is true, however, a period of 2, 3 Months, where there is not raining, are not uncommon. Seen one can only hope, that something is moving in Paris.

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Die ganze Palette der Naturgewalten

September 15th, 2015 | Tagged , , | 2 Comments | 851 reads

Man ist ja in Japan einiges gewohnt in Sachen Naturgewalten, aber die Häufung der Ereignisse in den letzten 4 Tagen ist selbst für Japaner etwas Besonderes. Das ganze begann am 10. September. Taifun Nummer 18 und Taifun Nummer 19 nahmen Japan in die Zange. Number 18 war zwar relativ schwach und Nummer 19 traf gar nicht erst aufs Land, aber diese besondere Wetterlage hatte zur Folge, dass ein dünner Streifen sehr warmer und feuchter Luft zwei Tage lang vom Süden her über Tokyo gen Norden zog und sich dort in den Bergen in sintflutartige Regenfälle entlud. In den Bergen von Tochigi an der Grenze zur Präfektur Ibaraki fielen so rund 600 mm Regen in weniger als zwei Tagen. So viel Niederschlag fällt in Berlin nicht mal in einem Jahr. Das Wasser will natürlich erstmal abfliessen – doch die Menge war so gross, dass es in der Stadt 常総市 Jōsō-shi 50 Kilometer nördlich von Tokyo – fast genau zwischen Tokyo und Nikkō – zum Deichbruch kam. Das Gebiet links vom Kinugawa-Fluss lief danach binnen weniger Stunden voll wie eine Badewanne, und da Holzhäuser ohne Keller und allem den Wassermassen nicht viel entgegenzusetzen haben, ähnelten die Bilder denen nach dem Tsunami 2011. Ein paar Menschen kamen dabei ums Leben, und es werden immer noch Menschen vermisst.

Das pikante am 決壊 kekkai Deichbruch was, dass für die Gegend an der Stelle des Bruches keine Evakuierungsanordnung galt. Evakuierungsanordnungen gab es zwar – aber eben nicht an jener Stelle. Die Begründung dafür war, now so, interesting: Man hat nur dort evakuiert, wo besorgte Anrufe von Anwohnern eingegangen waren. Wenn also zwei, drei Leute eines Bereiches anriefen und sagten “Der Fluss scheint hier bald über die Ufer zu treten”, wurde eine Evakuierung angeordnet. Es gab aber keine Anrufe von der Bruchstelle – und damit hatten die Menschen sich ergo ihre Lage selbst eingebrockt.

Auf den Bildern war jedoch klar zu erkennen, dass das Wasser nur noch weniger als einen Meter unter der Deichkrone stand. Dass bei dieser Lage und anhaltendem Starkregen keine Deichläufer oder zumindest Luftüberwachung angeordnet wurden, grenzt an Fahrlässigkeit.

Number 2 folgte am Sonnabend, kurz vor 6 Clock in the morning: An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 weckte so ziemlich ganz Tokyo auf, denn es hatte nahezu überall in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Chiba und Yokohama die Stärke 4. Es wackelte also sehr deutlich. Grössere Schäden gab es nicht, aber das Besondere an diesem Beben war das Epizentrum: Es lag in der Bucht von Tokyo, or, um genauer zu sein, fast genau unterhalb des Flughafens Haneda. Und das ist relativ selten. Seit Jahren wartet man ja nun auf das 直下型 chokka-gata – das grosse Erdbeben direkt unter Tokyo. War dies das Vorspiel? Oder war es gar ein Entlastungsbeben, dank dessen das große nun um ein paar Jahre nach hinten verschoben wurde? Diese Fragen kann die Seismologie leider noch nicht gewissenhaft beantworten. So richtig vorstellen möchte es sich jedoch niemand – das grosse Beben könnte nämlich, rechnerisch zumindest, bis 8-komma-nochwas stark sein. Und das ist hunderte Male stärker als die läppischen 5.2 on Saturday.

Das Mass voll machte heute, at the 14. September, the Vulkan Aso auf Kyushu, der mal eben plötzlich eine 2 Kilometer hohe Aschewolke in den Himmel schickte. Das kam etwas überraschend – die Warnstufe ist lediglich 2 (of 5), aber das ist dem Aso offensichtlich egal. Den Livestream kann man sich hier ansehen – good about. 3h 25m geht es richtig los:

Das reicht dann auch erst einmal für die nächsten Wochen. Hoffen wir zumindest.

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Benesseleaks | World Cup | Typhoon “Neoguri”

July 11th, 2014 | Tagged , , | 4 Comments | 5223 reads

Zum Fortlaufen; Datenschutz bei Benesse

For running away; Privacy at Benesse

This week is again a lot going on. Since the data scandal would have been the giants of the training providers – known as Benesse – which was apparently uncovered only by chance. Consequently, the data from at least were 7.6 Million, maximum even up 20.7 Million customers unlawfully to another education provider called Justsystems passed¹. Scandals of this kind are nothing new, but the dimensions are already enormous: Up to 20.7 Million customers. That's one in six Japanese. It is believed, that an insider has the data copied and sold to a data broker. That this has then sold to Just Systems, Just where system insists, to have known nothing of all. But of course! Since you can buy millions of records from known to be a thirst for Japanese, and do not ask, where the data or. – and this is the point, where it is punishable – not asked, whether because the customers had really consented to the transfer of data behind the data. Do we at least not – I know Benesse and their aggressive marketing from my job and would never have entered my data in which, but unfortunately I had told my wife that does not, and so we will probably soon Post by Just get system.

Public Viewing in Roppongi am 5. Juli

Public Viewing in Roppongi am 5. July

Eggs, the World Cup. In the past week, I had struggled through, after a 14-hour meeting- to set and programming marathon in the last train to Roppongi (one stop away from the office), there to attend an event organized by Doitsunet Public Viewing Party. Germany against France. I have no idea, how many people there were, but it was estimated that well over 100 – about half of these compatriots. So many German I had seen for about a year no longer on a pile. The atmosphere was the result corresponding to good, even if the hosts did take advantage of the: Draft beer and bottled beer for 500 Yen (just 4 Euro) war a) only after great hustle and b) only available for a limited time – after that it was only bottled beer for twice the price. But no matter: The mood was good. The next match against Brazil, I then stupidly busy due to a, saves the following day – Finally the game started so only to 4 Uhr morgens in Japan. Well, Tough luck: Had I even set the right priorities…

Those who stay in Tokyo and the finale not want to see alone on Monday morning, which is the public viewing commended in Shibuya – Registration and more information, please see here. Whether I manage well?

Currently in the middle of the rainy season investigated Typhoon No.. 8, Rufname Neoguri, Japan heim, and he takes the same the whole country with – von bis hoch nach Okinawa Hokkaido. 7 He has left dead and numerous depredations in Okinawa and Kyushu. In a few hours he will reach Tokyo – however, already significantly weakened, so that should happen in Kanto except heavy rain early in the morning not too much. And if we are a usual in the last few weeks, it's rain: This year's rainy season makes up to its name in honor. Unfortunately, the rainy season could stop abruptly with the passage of the typhoon, and what follows, is oppressively muggy heat. Well, the same every year.

¹See, among others Japan Times 10. July 2014: Justsystems accused of abusing customer data from Benesse.

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Died Anpanman creator | Supertaifun trifft auf Tokyo

October 16th, 2013 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 10300 reads

Anpaanchi! With this battle cry of the circular Anpanman rushed for generations of Japanese children to his opponents. Best on バイキンマン Baikin-man (Baikin = Keime). Hat jemand Hunger, Anpanman is however served immediately and offers, to feast on its circular face. The universe is huge Anpanman: 2007 we counted a total of 1,768 characters, all by name of course, Anpanman and it contained a Guinness record. More Anpanman to see this old post: Anpanman Banzai!. Today the creator died, Takashi Yanase – aged 94 Years. Actually, he wanted to be 91 Put to rest years, but the earthquake- and tsunami disaster 2011 let him do it: He watched, how happy children were, wenn się Anpanman sahen, and was forced to literally, weiterzuzeichnen. Yanase dies with an important piece of Japanese contemporary art. The main character, Anpanman, by the way has a serious background: Yanase had as many Japanese during the Second World War often hungry. He often dreamed of it, how about now, out of service, one filled with sweet bean paste bread, to eat.

Taifun Wipha auf dem Weg nach Tokyo

Wipha typhoon on the way to Tokyo

In a few hours, it is far – then typhoon number 26 alias Wipha (the 26. Typhoon in the eastern Pacific this year) – strike the greater Tokyo area. The luggage: Wind speeds up to 200 km / h and a host of Rain. For the Tokyo area is expected to roughly 300 mm, Thus, more, fall than in Berlin in six months. The typhoon is currently moving along the east coast and will make all appearances at Tokyo on land. The center of the typhoon is expected for the period between 6 and 9 Clock in the morning. So just to rush. It is therefore likely to be plenty of chaotic: By noon, most rail lines and planes are likely to remain. The typhoon moves further north and away draw that well over Fukushima, Low Dort, expressed cautious, does not simplify: Already to get there not cope with the floods, and in “best” Case by the typhoon “only” flow verstrahltes a few tons of water into the Pacific. In the worst case, of course, could happen more, doch … nun ja, one can only hope.

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Doraemon and a typhoon

September 15th, 2013 | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Doraemon and a typhoon | 3533 reads

Taifun Man-Yi. Mehr zum Werdegang siehe hier: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/1318.html

Taifun Man-Yi. More career see here: JMA

September is beautiful – There are two holidays in September, and the heat can gradually. Most of the time. Now, the next Monday is free (and the following Monday as well), unfortunately only have just this weekend a great typhoon ravaged the country for. The typhoon was Man'nyi (Yi Wan) Man-Yi baptized – named after a strait in Hong Kong. This typhoon has, however, not except to Hong Kong, but the most densely populated regions in Japan. Currently it looks like, as if he were on 16. September, also am Montag, will pull away directly over Tokyo. And as so often pushes the Taifu much ahead of it – on Sunday a lot of rain to fall.

Since fail with high probability several railway lines, So it was called, to make at least something from the day on Saturday. Not so easy with pretty sultry 32 Degree. From given occasion there so I went with the children to Tokyo Tower, because there is currently an exhibition in honor of the 80. Anniversary of the manga illustrator Fujiko · F · Fujio (Fujiko F. Fujio). This is certainly not the right name – was born of the artist as Hiroshi Fujimoto. Unfortunately, he can not celebrate the birthday also, because the artist died already 1996 on liver failure – quite literally at your desk, with a pin in its hand (so at least he lost consciousness – Three days later he died, without waking again). Fujio’s Leitmotiv war SF, he does not as “Science Fiction” would have understood, rather than 少し不思議 Sukoshi Fushigi – “something peculiarly”. And that is by far his most famous character: Doraemon Doraemon – a large, Blue Cat, but more on that see Delicious: Jean Reno meets Doraemon.

Fujio & Doraemon-Ausstellung am Tokyo Tower

Fujio & Doraemon-Ausstellung am Tokyo Tower

But we are in Japan. The entrance is quite violent for the, what is offered: 1’500 Yen (also rund 12 Euro) for adults and 900 Yen for children over 4. And 2 Hour wait we must expect, we were told – and you really have to be present at that time with the children. Ultimately, it took only an hour. The beginning was quite furious: A mini cinema with a small, white space, state in which only a desk. The whole proved to be a three-dimensional projection, in the books suddenly flew through the area and much more – without 3D glasses, mind you. Even my 2-year-old spontaneously clapped their hands, saying something and wishing. The rest of the exhibition was indeed interesting – in many places, however, interesting for parents, are indeed all grew up with Doraemon: It should under no 50 geben in Japan, does not know the blue cat.

Let me mangas usually cold, but when my children look Doraemon, I sit like this: The characters are pretty funny, and the stories undoubtedly stimulate imagination as. Sometimes you also learn that his employees know better. As an employee of mine once a translated text and the subject line 翻訳こんにゃく Hon’yaku Konnyaku (hon'yaku = translation, konnyaku = typical Japanese ingredient of Konjac flour) sent back, I thought only a witty play on words. But no – Hon'yaku Konnnyaku is a miracle of Doraemons tools: If you rumkaut it, one can understand foreign languages.

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Simply dropped into water

July 30th, 2013 | Tagged , | 5 Comments | 13563 reads

Last Saturday found, As every year on the last Saturday in July, two of the largest fireworks show in the Tokyo area instead: The 隅田川 花火 大会 Sumidagawa firework festival in Tokyo and the Fireworks Urayasu Urayasu-Feuerwerksfestival. The former took place this year on 36. Times, attracting an average of three-quarters of a million visitors; the fireworks Urayasu (and, I just tinker at this new website) found to 35. The event has on average half a million visitors (the city has just 160’000 Population).

Both events last a full hour, during more than 6’000 Go off firecrackers. And are meant fireworks: Made by hand, Annual Kawenzmänner. A spectacle. As we live in Urayasu and fireworks is even introspective, if one sits down with food and beer out there somewhere, we went trotting again this year. To a more distant location directly on the shore (The fireworks were launched from a platform in the sea). Among the crowds we did not, because we would very quickly lose sight of our youngest.

To start to 19:30 (and, there is in Japan, even in the summer the light) saw everything from still all right. But that changed within a few minutes. First came a few drops, then threatening looking clouds, and finally, Other strobes, which clearly did not belong to fireworks. The wind freshened considerably on – and after a few minutes it was closing time: Shortly before 20 Clock it poured with rain and lightning flashed and crashed everywhere. Fortunately (or. the foresight) We were right next to a subway, so that we could hole up there. It was better that way, Umbrellas would not have helped because, and the temperature dropped abruptly from 30 on 22 Degree. Although the underpass is very broad, came there, the water almost everywhere.

Bedrohliche Wolkenkulisse beim Feuerwerk

Menacing clouds crowd watching the fireworks

Also the Sumida fireworks had to be canceled – for the first time in its 36-year history. Had the situation can not be estimated beforehand? – The Hobbymeteorologe should be noisy here. Since I have a bit of background information about it: The odds were in my opinion 50:50. You took the risk, because the fireworks are so much preparation time and costs with you. The storm front slumbered already north of Tokyo. But the speed, with the front then rolled towards the sea and was always greater, was truly remarkable and difficult to predict. And you can again draw only his hat to the organizers and the participants: In many places it would come in a downpour with thunder and lightning almost a Millinen people in a small space a riot or panic – already done everything (For example, in football stadiums). But eventually all came while wet, but intact home.

The weather plays this year anyway some capers in Japan: It was the rainy season started much too early. Then it rained not long. Then the rains stopped far too early to. Finally, there was a decent early July heat wave. And for weeks, the Northeast and the West Japan is plagued by record-breaking rainfall, together with floods. In Tokyo, however severe and sudden thunderstorms have become part of everyday life.

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Energy transition / North Korea / Taifun im April

April 5th, 2013 | Tagged , , | 16 Comments | 1108 reads

At the 2. April, the ruling Liberal Democrats in Japan decided something groundbreaking: The Electric power system reform (denryoku shisutemu kaikaku) – Electricity system reform. Groundbreaking for Japan, mind you – in other countries, such a thing happened sometimes decades ago.

For so it should now look like in Japan: The country is technically in electricity 10 Zones divided (Hokkaidō, Tohoku, Kanto, Kansai, Hokuriku, Chūbu Chūgoku, Shikoku, Und Kyushu Okinawa – one of the most common methods, Japan to be divided into regions – see for example here). Each zone is of 1 (in Worten: one) Company supplied with electricity. Im Falle Tokyos (Region Kanto) this is known to TEPCO. Hinzu kommt, that the networks are not only not connected, but also have different frequencies. This leads to disasters to the, what after the great earthquake on 11. March 2011 happened: Tokyo was suddenly left without electricity, and no one could help (see here).

This for a developed, actually capitalist country to absurd problems:

  1. The utilities have a monopoly exercised turn in their feud and can and, how they want (see Tepco and the nuclear plant in Fukushima abgegaute). Since they 100% systemic importance, also have serious accidents no consequences for those responsible. The companies are unbreakable – in other words, Socialism prevails.
  2. Generators may require electricity prices, which they think is right. If a nuclear power plant is in the Air, just pay the customer (see 1)
  3. Generators are hardly interested, to develop alternative energy sources
  4. In disasters, it can be done quickly, that completely in whole regions the light goes out, radiation while neighboring regions to himself

Etc.. According to the amendment, however, in energy 3 Happen the following stages:

  1. Power grids are to be interconnected (Creation of a regional institution system operation). This is intended to allow current sharing between regions. This should 2013 and finally decided against 2015 be completed.
  2. Decentralization of the electricity market (Full liberalization of the electricity retail): From 2016 to households and small to medium sized companies free to sell power may. The households can be, the excess solar energy feed, or companies, specializing in renewable energy sources. Pilot projects are abound, only may not sell this excess energy. This 2. Stage is to 2014 be passed in Parliament.
  3. Separation of network and power producers (Electrical isolation within) – ie, one may choose their electricity supplier in the future even. This is 2015 and decided at some point between 2018 and 2020 be realized.

Of course, expect a lot of resistance on the part of the generator. But this reform is really overdue. Is particularly interesting stage 2 – reform should be sent planned, this would be an opportunity for Japan, decentralize its electricity network and thus reduce the dependence on oil and nuclear energy drastically.

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There have been some inquiries already regarding media refund on North Korea in Japan. Now, I soon feel, it is reported more in Germany than in Japan. Sure, the country also appears here in the news on now commonplace, But serious concerns itself makes no, it seems. The government sends out its diplomats, to act on China and Russia, thus appease these Gröfaz of the North Korea. In addition, defensive measures taken – ie increased patrols at sea and in the air. But all these things mentioned only in passing and hardly exaggerated. Say, man thinks, that North Korea is bluffing anyway.

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This coming Saturday and Sunday we will be back to enjoy a Burst Tandiqiju (Bakudan teikiatsu) – Bomb cyclone – a low pressure area, that rapidly developed quickly and then ensteht, when very cold air to very warm air meets. This happened almost exactly a year also, at the 3. April (see Japanese Wikipedia), had the strength and the depth of a mature typhoon, There 5 Dead. In this dubious pleasure the whole country is so again for the weekend. Ironically, at the weekend… Who can stay at home, prefer to stay at home…

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Soundtüfteleien in Japan / Typhoon #17

September 29th, 2012 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 1324 reads

This Contribution Blogger Umij colleague reminded me yesterday because, I once wanted to write a short article about noise in Japan, and before I forget again, I'd better start at the same.

My first impression, I landed in Japan – that was in April 1996 – was as follows: My God, here is every. Even the doors. This happened in a small shuttle train, that runs between the terminals at Narita Airport. A sweet voice whispered something, I still absolutely not then understood, and the door shut with a satisfied smacking. Well, the last one was stolen by Douglas Adams.

In Japan, one works, it seems, very happy with acoustic effects. And with voices of band, the sonicate always and everywhere the area. S talk. Lights talk (sometimes). Escalators talk. Platforms and trains anyway. Doors. Vending machines. All chatters to himself. Parks are sonicated. Interest in Japan is, how much importance it attaches to the acoustic effects.

Sample Station: Very many railway stations in Japan have a signature tune. This melody is unique to each station – and stamps itself naturally, when you get out there and often passes. This of course has a huge advantage: While we often hear station announcements, the melody rather bored already to mind and gives the dozing passenger ode piffling: Here is your station, get out. At larger stations, there are often also depending on line and / or platform varying melodies. For example, at Ebisu station (Tokyo, Yamanote-Ringlinie):

Recognized? Exactly, this is the soundtrack from the “The Third Man”. And since it eponymous one, and quite drinkable beer in Japan is (which was actually made earlier in Ebisu), same music is also used in beer advertising. But only at the margins.

The tradition of 発車 メロディ hassha merodii – “Departure melody” began 1971 at a private railway line (Keihan Line), because the runs between Kyoto and Osaka. When new rail lines makes you look a lot of effort and can compose some new songs – at each station, we hear a small piece of the overall work.

Sticking to the railway station. Yes trains have usually an alarm signal, which are used primarily in Japanese cities often must, If the platforms are packed. Vor ca. 3, 4 Years ago I fell on especially a train – an express train, the good with 100 km / h directly thunders on the platform of my station. With the usual train whistles? Honk? (like the really hot?) I have wondered many times, if they sometimes cause more harm – They are so loud and shrill, that scares usually, and it would not surprise me, if anyone ever fell in terror on the tracks. When that train is different: The horn is very subtle, a rather faint howl, in which less frightened, but immediately gets the feeling, that imminent danger and something very, rapidly approaching. I'm not expert enough, to analyze the truly can, But I have a feeling, this horn mimics the Doppler effect (In this recording, there are several examples to hear – I mean the siren in the first 10 Seconds):

The recording was made at departure – on occasion I'll take the time to, when a train rushes past really.

About main stations: Some rail lines are used, for example, different speakers for announcements from the band: The following example hear two announcements at the same time: The female voice is the one direction (von Tokyo weg) used, the male voice on the other hand for all trains to Tokyo. This is very clever, because even if both announcements are running simultaneously, can be understood fairly easily (this would explain why Japanese…), what's happening. And – so you get used to it, simply ignored the female voice (in my case, may also be useful in everyday life :-), since one morning always goes to Tokyo:And finally, in my opinion, still a very good example of sound design: The earthquake early warning. That we have 2011 to satisfy one. Very easy, but very distinct. With side effect: Numerous Japanese 2011 developed a real allergy to this noise – with acute stress outbreak, when they hear the sound. Since the reproduction is prohibited, here only as a link: Official, developed by the state radio earthquake early warning.

For the case, that one or the other reader in Japan and has not heard anything about it: An exceptionally kräfiger typhoon, No.. 17, currently draws across Japan. Currently, the typhoon is about to Okinawa – on Sunday, he will draw the day with relatively high probability of the Kansai region, and in the night between Sunday and Monday on the Tokyo area. With 925 hPa in the center, he is one of the major, and reserves in the course of, Sunday will run transport links into central Japan, not much. To date can be here learn.

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Hurricanes devastate villages in Tokyo

May 6th, 2012 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 1045 reads

Looks kind of ominous: Sturmfront über Tokyo

And, it does not always have to be earthquake. It is also different: Today, more mature tornado devastated populated areas in the prefectures of Ibaraki and Tochigi. At least three tornadoes were counted – including in 真 冈 市 Moka-shi (-shi = city) about 100 km north of Tokyo and つくば 市 Tsukuba-shiabout 50 km north of Tokyo. Especially in Tsukuba were the devastating damage, as the tornado swept through a residential area directly. About 50 People were injured, some seriously, a 14-year-old was killed, when the storm his house along with concrete foundation (!) from the anchor broke and left a few meters next to fall backwards. Furthermore, there was hail damage and other prefectures in Hokkaido wide blackouts. A resident filmed the tornado up close, and one can only respect her pay for her courage. Well, actually, these were rather naive, because in their place I would have fled to safety:

Hurricanes arrived in Japan has always been before (in Germany – although in both countries rarely), but today's weather was unusually. A long, but narrow front rain swept across the country today, pushing just hours before the appearance of a strong storm in front of them. It looked like this from our point in the picture above right. The wall and the lightning on the horizon looked so impressive, I immediately tore daughter of scooters, she sat on my bike (between the handlebars and saddle, on the transverse rod – something you can see, interestingly, not at all in Japan) and cycled home. A little later flew with us only as the bikes through the area.

As so often, of course, is the calm and clear the air refreshing after the storm – it became evident this evening of brand new Tokyo Sky Tree in remarkable clarity (The tower is exactly 10 km away from us).

Tokyo Sky Tree at dusk

Here again, for the first time in ages the word of the day: 竜 巻 tatsumaki – Hurricane. Consists 竜 tatsu = “Drachen” (The old sign is still used frequently: Dragon) 巻く und maku = “drehen, swirl” together.

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