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If an entire city celebrates

June 23rd, 2016 | Tagged , | 1 Kommentar | 605 reads

Es war wieder soweit – 4 Jahre sind vergangen seit der letzten Fussball-EM, und ebenso seit dem letzten 三社祭 Sanja-Matsuri, dem 3-Schreine-Fest in Urayasu, vor den Toren von Tokyo. 2012 hatte ich mir das Spektakel auch angesehen – and 2008. Habe ja schliesslich neun Jahre dort gewohnt, genau in der Mitte der Stadt, wo es auch gleichzeitig am ruhigsten ist, da sich das ganze Geschehen hauptsächlich rund um die Bahnhöfe abspielt, und Urayasu hat drei davon. Und alle drei lagen ziemlich exakt genauso weit von meiner damaligen Wohnung entfernt – 2 Kilometer.

Beim Sanja-Matsuri in Urayasu

Beim Sanja-Matsuri in Urayasu

Urayasu kann man relativ leicht in vier Teile untergliedern: Tokyo Disneyland und Umgebung – eine Stadt innerhalb der Stadt, dann das Neuland entlang der Bucht – geprägt von großzügigen Neubauten, in denen passable Wohnungen bei einer halben Million Euro Kaufpreis beginnen. Dann der Nordteil, einst ein Fischerdorf – mit etwas rauher, aber herzhafter Atmosphäre und den letzten verbliebenen Fischern und Muschelpulern. Zu guter letzt noch die Mitte, die den todvornehmen Süden vom rauhen Nordteil kennt. Für die Hergezogenen und die, die sich nicht entscheiden komnten oder wollten.

Hier dürfen auch die Frauen ran -- das ist nicht überall so in Japan

Hier dürfen auch die Frauen ran — das ist nicht überall so in Japan

Vor zwei Jahren sind wir weggezogen. Mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge. Und seit einem Jahr war ich nicht mehr in der Stadt, dabei ist die nur eine Stunde mit dem Zug entfernt. Doch am Sonntag bekam ich umgehend das Gefühl, dass mein eigentlich öfter zurückkehren sollte. For sure,de, Freunde kommen uns gelegentlich besuchen, oder man trifft sich in der Mitte, in Tokyo, aber allein mal wieder die salzige Meerluft zu schmecken – das merkt man freilich nicht mehr, wenn man dort lebt (man merkt es nur daran, dass einem sämtliche Fahrräder innerhalb eines Jahres unter dem Hintern wegrosten) – hat was. Und das Sanja-Matsuri erst: Dieses Fest ist ausserhalb von Urayasu relativ unbekannt, bei Touristen sowieso. Es ist auch schwer zu beschreiben, denn es gibt keine Hauptattraktion. Die eigentliche Attraktion ist die pure Grösse der Veranstaltung: Drei Schreine lassen da ihre mikoshi gleichzeitig, aber auf drei ganz verschiedenen Routen durch die Stadt tragen. Und ein Zug besteht dabei aus dutzenden mikoshi – grössere für die Männer und Frauen, winzige für die Kinder. Alle Einwohner sind draussen. Die Nachbarschaftsverbände stellen Zelte und Stühle raus. Die Strassen sind von Menschenmassen – nur wenige sind von ausserhalb – gesäumt, wenn der kilometerlange Zug unter gewaltigen, heiseren “mae da!”-Rufen der verschwitzten, bei den Männern nicht selten äußerst spärlich bekleideten Schreinträger durch die Stadt rollt. Und es ist ein Knochenjob: Die Balken, auf denen die Mikoshi platziert sind, packen nochmal ordentlich Gewicht zum eigentlichen Schrein hinzu. Die Träger stehen sehr eng, und alle dutzend Meter wird der Schrein hochgehoben, gar mehrfach hochgeworfen oder nur knapp über dem Boden horizontal hin- und hergedreht. Von Freitag bis Sonntags. Of 9 Clock in the morning until 19 Clock in the evening.

Mit ganzer Kraft dabei

Mit ganzer Kraft dabei

Dieses Matsuri gibt es seit den 1910ern, und bis in die 1950er war das ganze auch unter dem Namen けんか祭り kenka-matsuri (Zankfest) known, da sich die Anhänger der drei verschiedenen Schreine gerne miteinander prügelten. Zeitweise wurde die Veranstaltung deshalb sogar verboten. Wenn man sich heute die Hauptakteure so ansieht, kann man sich noch immer gut und gerne vorstellen, das es durchaus rauher zugehen kann: Viele Yakuza sind dabei, und noch viel mehr やんちゃ yancha – kurz umschrieben etwas weniger angepasste Jugendliche. Doch es geht friedlich zu heutzutage. Sehr laut zwar und wenn man das erste Mal dabei ist leicht bedrohlich, aber friedlich. Unzählige Kinder sind auch dabei, und die werden soweit möglich und zur Freude der Kleinen mit einbezogen. Es herrscht shitamachi-Flair (下町shitamachi – “Undercity” – hier wohnt der hart arbeitende, und trotzdem arme Teil der Bevölkerung). Genau diese Atmosphäre vermisse ich an meinem Wohnort doch tatsächlich ein bisschen – dort ist es nicht genug Stadt um eine Unterstadt zu entwickeln. Aber man kann ja nicht alles haben.

Mizuame

水飴 mizuame – ‘Wasserbonbons’ – aus Stärke gewonnener, sehr klebrige Zuckermasse, gibt es bei jedem Matsuri

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753 Reloaded

November 18th, 2013 | Tagged , , | 8 Comments | 8409 reads

In Japan, there were times times, where great distress prevailed and it was not self-evident, that children more than the first two, see three Lenze. This is thankfully nowadays different, but against this backdrop, a tradition has saved up to the present day: Das 七五三 shichigosan (7-5-3) – a ritual, which is committed, when boys 5 Be years old or the girl 3, and then later again 7 Years old. So at least the rule of thumb, because that can vary by region. In some regions and families according to the boys make the ritual three times by.

Since it all is an enjoyable thing in all, this is normally handled in a Shinto shrine and not in a Buddhist temple. This is about as: One speaks in front of the Shrine (or just call), if it is November and soon reached the appropriate age children – will reach or in the near future. The priest takes the “Reservation” contrary to, and says, what to bring. Very important: A small mite, as “o-kimochi”, also als Geste. In the case of our tribe shrine are the, what a nice coincidence, 10,000 Yen, Also key 80 Euro. Pro Child wohlgemerkt. And yesterday we had those two, the “due” were. For the ceremony, the children are packed pretty generally – in kimono or dress or suit, according as, which prefer the parents or grandparents. Now that is the kimono of course, such a thing: If you want a beautiful kimono, costs of several thousand euros, and since the little ones are grown out in zero-comma-nothing (and lacking other occasions, to wear the kimono – on the playground, it would certainly cause a mild irritation), you should consider the matter well. One can for example borrow a kimono, and also costs most of the 10,000 Yen. With us on Sunday so it was as far as, and we were lucky: 18 Degree, Sun – perfect weather. Dazu quengelige, but posh dressed children, which can be reluctant to take pictures. 30 Minutes later, the thing was over, and when I think, that this is the last 753 was for my daughter, I'm almost a little sentimental. A fortiori, if I Photo by me 753 before 4 Look at years – see below.

More over I would like to 7-5-3 not leave now, because I did four years ago in this article done.

753 vor 4 Jahren...

753 before 4 Years…

 

 

... und 2013, dieses Mal mit Verstärkung

… and 2013, this time with reinforcement

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The slide of death

August 7th, 2013 | Tagged , | 1 Kommentar | 13815 reads

Satellitenbild der Rutsche bei Google Earth

Satellite image of the slide in Google Earth

In the middle of my town there is a rectangular park. Located in the – very green by Japanese standards – Park sits the Urayasu-no-fuji – Fujiyama Urayasu. With its dizzying 14 Meters is that, however well hidden by the trees lounging around. Fuji-san, it is higher in the absence “Mountains” in the city called. It is actually the highest point in the city, and it is this self- “Mountain” of course not, because before 60 Years was here the Bay of Tokyo. Next to the park there are tennis courts and a baseball field. The earthquake had greatly added to the park two years ago – the sports facilities and children's playgrounds were therefore unusable, and it took a total of more than two years, everything back halfway produce. However, a strange building withstood the quake: A monster of a slide, built of concrete and whitewashed. At least five meters (something is always difficult to estimate) it was highly, and in two stages it went down again. It was tricky: At “normal” Weather could slip off at normal speed, which was not fast enough many children. They brought with carton, herunterzurauschen to faster. In special weather conditions, however, – when it was very dry and not quite as warm – the slide was insanely fast. I can sing a sorrowful song about it. One day I slipped with my then no 2 Year-old daughter down there and reached such a speed, I sat up with a body part, with which one is a 10-meter-slip full tilt preferably do not want to put. But the main thing children had fun. Seated for the guardians but only after a couple of hours in there.

Historisches Photo: Oberer Teil der Rutsche.

Historical Photo: Upper part of the slide.

But ah – just over a week ago the white behemoth was suddenly gone. Way. Swallowed by the earth. She had even withstood the earthquake. Immediately I had static in the sense reasons. Perhaps a structural engineer has looked and found the slide, that she had got a crack? Or was a child dropped? At the height, Despite bars in the upper region, not inconceivable, absolutely breakneck. Speaking of neck: The reason seemed to be another. According to various residents (some we know personally) It seemed to multiply, that people have hanged on the slide. An idea, which brings me goosebumps. At night people hang on to the slide, on the day the children play happily there. Therefore they had to demolish? To prevent such suicides? Definitely not. On the other hand: You do not want to experience such a sight with his child certainly. And yet it breaks my heart a little bit, that toys must disappear, that adults do not take the life there.

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Cheer in Japanese – with Schmackes!

May 18th, 2013 | Tagged , | Comments Off on Cheer in Japanese – with Schmackes! | 1104 reads

Sportfest an der Grundschule

Sports Day for Primary School

Well over half a year ago I had the pleasure, about a typical Japanese Sports festival in a kindergarten to report. Today it's about the next level: A Games undōkai (Sports Day) at a Japanese elementary school. Usually these take place across the country in October, but in our town was eventually decided, that May is technically favorable weather.

The primary school has six vintages in Japan – the children are so 6 to 12 Years old. In elementary school my daughter there 5 Classes per year, with an average of 30 Children per class. So that makes total 900 Student – This Elementary School is great for normal to large Japanese city conditions. The whole thing is a “Showcase” – and puts on our elementary school 6 Hours out. It starts in the morning at 9 (on Saturday), there is an hour break at noon, and then it goes on to 16 Clock. For this, the following Monday is off school. As far as the parents do not have to work, most parents can not miss the sports festival. 900 Children times 2 Parents take a few fathers, the need to work, plus various grandparents and other relatives. So that makes 900 Children, plus at least 1,800 Related, the gather on the admittedly large schoolyard. Normally you bring to Japan to picnic blankets and food with leaves and so for lunch the food in the school yard taste. Not so at our school: A few years ago there was an incident, in which a few parents got drunk on the playground and then got in the wool. The students of these parents are probably still at school, why the school board has decided, to prohibit the usual procedure – until the problem parents children are no longer at the school.

When sports festival is a mix of games (mostly for low volumes), Foot races and dancing. The highlight is always the Relay riree (from the English “Relay” – Relay Race). Not all children can join here – only selected, ie the fastest student. At sports events, students are divided into two groups by the way (the subdivision is different depending on the school): The so-called 紅白 kōhaku. kō (also “me”) read means red; search (also “shiro” Read) white means. Red and White in Japan festivity colors. And competitions between the two groups is always in stock “red” and “white”. “Ah, determined because of the Japanese flag!” one might interject here precocious, but the reason is more historical in nature: During the Gempei Krieges in the 12. Century bore the Genji and the Taira forces white flags (of-pei in Gempei) wore red.

The sports events are in principle a good idea: The children learn, to zusammenzuraufen, drive the way sport and can compete against each other. Parents have their fun while watching – and you can look at other parents. So a good thing. The most interesting was – For me, at least – the Yingyuangezhan Ōen-Gassen – the “Anfeuerungswettbewerb”, with the specially selected “Einheizer” encourage their group to, to cheer each other. It looks the same as in the video below (Note: Those who are not the whole 10 Want to see minutes – it gets really interesting from the 7. Minute). This Anfeuerungswettbewerbe are also common in baseball and possibly an American invention, but so sure I'm not there. Also the Anfeuerungswettbewerbe go into the scoring. White won today.

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City Festival / Typhoon / Facebook

June 20th, 2012 | Tagged , | 8 Comments | 915 reads

At that age you probably slightly raises doubts whether all the clothes on board ....

Last weekend so once again the Sanja-Matsuri (Three Sacrificial) instead of: The local festival of the city of Urayasu, which takes place due to the high expenditure only once in four years (is the report from the last time it here). The Saturday was rained out completely, But on Sunday, the weather was. So quickly daughter packed in appropriate clothing festival, that they sometimes heavy Mikoshi 神 舆 can draw. The tradition, as such, I find beautiful, But look at me is (well as the manager comes in to me by) different each time: Front pull dozens of children in trouble with the rope shrine, and back braces are an old old man (mostly) against the direction of travel. Clear, so it is not too fast. But it looks weird every time: The children are abrackernden, and the rear brakeman.

As each time were approximately 100 Shrines carried simultaneously by different parts of the city. Will hot, something is going on everywhere, and that's the nice thing about this festival: It has a little neighborly, and the kids have their fun. This festival is not a tourist spectacle, it's just a tradition. A friend of my hand, an Englishman, made at the invitation of the (Gate)tour mit. For three days, from morning to evening, Shrine carry through the area, throw up, turn - in the intervals: Uninhibited flow of alcohol. He saw the day 3 very, very broken out. I once had the pleasure, however, this is a few years ago, and it was no picnic: Who is greater than the average, was the cry of carrying a small problem: Either one is upright and has the extremely heavy shrine virtually alone (the people around you see it breathe), or spend the day running with knees bent. One can choose.

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For the first time since 2004 examined in June, in the middle of the rainy season, a typhoon Japan home. And he was serious, because it crosses almost the entire island (Honshū) from south to north. In Tokyo and other ortens put the typhoon number 4 traffic to paralyze large parts. After all,de: Tokyo, he met shortly after closing time. The ride home was exciting again according to: Driving my line yet!?. They drove. 30 Minutes after arrival was then concluded. Umbrella on the way home from the station? Absolutely pointless. But at least the rain was hot.

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Insipid, So somehow when one picks a total of about 250 Facebook Likes together (for the blog itself, see top right) - And suddenly they are all gone! Nanu!? Where are the go now? Does this have to do with the botched IPO? Will I be penalized, because I did not buy any shares? Who knows, who knows. As a private person that is half as tragic, But at a company's website, the situation would look even more dramatic, for Facebook Likes are these days, whether you like it or not, become very important.

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Valuable

June 15th, 2012 | Tagged , | 11 Comments | 1085 reads

20120615-204652.jpgEvery morning I take the bike to the station, and every morning it's hard for me in the eye – just past the first intersection, on a perfectly straight road, over one kilometer long road: A small basket in front of a tree, directly to the curb. In Basket: A bouquet of fresh flowers. A dog made of ceramic. And an Ultraman character, from weathered. In front of the basket is a stone, and on the stone is an empty bottle of a popular children's drink.

Since 2005 I live in the area, and since 2005 I know the little altar. My wife has lived there for much longer, and says, which is always there. It does not take much imagination, to guess at the end. Here was a young child, Obviously a boy about six years old, totgefahren.

I found the many wooden crosses along the way Brandenburg avenues have always been very depressing. This little altar is even more depressing, and the fact, that even after decades, there are always fresh flowers, does not make the sight easier. With one look you know, which the boy was playing favorite, what he liked to drink and that the family had a dog. That life ended abruptly apparent. And the little memorial tells me every day, what is really important. Life.

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Anti-nuclear movement in Japan – Demonstration in Japanese

March 19th, 2012 | Tagged , | 11 Comments | 1041 reads

At the 21. March 2011 - The situation in Fukushima was always explosive in the proverbial sense, I have these thoughts in this article written:

Anyone who thinks, that there are in Japan now and anti-nuclear protesters are gathering, which was said here already anticipated: No. How We Roll not the country.

And it has been reported since then, especially in the German media of anti-nuclear opponents in Japan and shown pictures of demonstrations Selbiger. Well - today I was randomly himself witnessed such a demonstration, and indeed in my home. My city has 160,000 Population, and I've lived here for now 7 Years. Actually I'm pretty well informed about the, what happens in this town - but a politically motivated demonstration, I've still never heard let alone seen.

And this was the demonstration:

Have taken part approx. 30 People and at least as many police officers accompanied the action (If you're wondering, why people wave to me in the video - they do not wave to me, but my daughter, who was sitting behind me on the bike). But the MC Accompanying caused enough noise for. He was pretty good, But I felt a little sorry, because no one wanted to really set the mood. At this point I would have given some evidence, to learn, how many of the participants are actually from my town. But it does not really big role.

At least the MC is certainly of the Shonan Group. This is not an official term, but a name, which eventually formed in my head. Shonan is the area west of Kamakura and marked by long beaches, very many beach huts on the American model, Surfers - cool people (not meant to be derogatory), here in Japan narrowed try, find their own lifestyles and living. This naturally includes the right music. And as recently seems to have a political opinion.

What I was there on the roadside tools? From the beginning of a new kind of public awareness in Japan? From the beginning of a grassroots movement broadens consensus in society, it soon creates, to displace nuclear power in Japan (yes there are good arguments now more than ever before)? If you fight too soon with the police, if anywhere, a new station is built?

I like not believe it. Is protest against nuclear power in it increasing mass, but rather takes place elsewhere (For example, in town halls). Demonstrations of this kind may increase, but they do not still propagated in the Japanese scheme. But that is lost to an organization in our city and there the trouble, to book a demonstration and to get approved, is remarkable. I would not mind, if I was wrong with the above prediction. But I will take good care, Japanese friends and acquaintances here foisting something.

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Geiger Counted: Radiation measured values ​​themselves

January 10th, 2012 | Tagged , , | 12 Comments | 22699 reads

Geiger counter in the apartment: Again, luck had?

Coolio blogger colleague recently mentioned in this paper, that there is currently very low, get hold of Geiger counters: Resourceful entrepreneurs have imported large quantities of equipment to Japan, But obviously it was a bit late: The demand is not there anymore. And so, for example, here at Amazon handy Geiger counter ticked from Russia – for 13,800 Yen instead of the original 69,800 Yen. Good 100 Euros for a Geiger counter? Since I could hardly say no. Said, done – Two days later I held the little, lightweight device in the hands.

Will I really know, how much radiation is in our? Now, where apparently all the shows are already singing? But of course. I do not know ultimately, what someone at some point measured in the vicinity, but as it looks directly at us – For example, in the apartment, or outside the house. Especially since our city is indeed also known as a hotspot – albeit at lower levels than elsewhere in the region.

The test results are not surprising – that's the good news. Depending on, the direction in which the device and shows where I lie down, I messe between 0.07 and 0.14 Micro-Sievert per hour. This is relatively normal. In the parks of our city do I measure the average 0.2 Microsievert – In some ca. 0.12, up in others 0.3 Microsievert, depending on, where do I measure. The values ​​or. when our daughter's kindergarten are the 0.15 Microsievert near the ground and slightly lower in 1 Meters. Where do I measure and – the display is in the green zone, the unit says “Normal Radiation Background”.

No longer in the green zone: Radiation in the Park

Another measure will now: It went to 若 潮 公园 – Wakashio-Park, The most popular park in our city center. There is a market garden (closed since the quake due to disrepair) and a two-story house, to a range of facilities, can romp where the dear little. A few weeks ago, the park was just talking, was measured because there of a broken downspout very high radiation. Apparently, the drop tube replaced and removed the contaminated soil around. Short test today – Device to one of the gutters kept at ground level, and behold: Indicator turns yellow: “High radiation background”, 0.51 Microsievert. Without looking great, mind you: I measured only there.

Conclusion: The results, as they circulate in the media here, I can only confirm the time being: Slightly increased (But according to popular belief, harmless) Radiation levels outside, But here and there points to a greatly increased with increased radiation. Experience has shown that these are unfortunately the points, which are preferred by young children. It is certainly not wrong, knowing, where these points are.

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More free!

October 2nd, 2011 | Tagged , | 4 Comments | 1696 reads

Today I came for the first time in the enjoyment of a Athletic meet – Sports Day in a Japanese kindergarten. These festivals take place in all sports (As far as I know) Kindergartens and schools in Japan once a year and instead are an integral part of Japanese family life, because the parents are also involved more or less: Already a month ago I was sitting at around midnight with my wife at home and shredded red bags, to make pompoms for our daughter. So if someone asks, why tabibito once again grind the blog can – He is the pompom-making.

Nothing to do on Saturday? Go' But for sports festival!

At 8:45 ging is the (Saturday, mind you). 150 Children, at least twice as many adults with yawning a few dozen smaller and larger children as well as around 30 Managers and workers gathered in a dreary, dusty schoolyard. After a short address to the camp together for the first Japanese national anthem (“Tonari no Totoro, Totoooooroooo ♪”) gymnastics. Followed by Mickey Mouse- and then from the Pooh Bear Song. In order to know the little ones too, to what she wanted for Christmas from his parents, Finally, yes Disneyland and Disney Store is located just around the corner.

There followed various games and gymnastics and dance the little ones, with greater or lesser involvement of the parents still yawning. Among them: Funny Tug of War with parents. To this end, the fathers or the mothers in the absence of a Selbiger 鉢巻き Hachimaki (Japanese headband) given in the color of each class, and you're able to. Behind me: Someone, that could have sprung straight from a yakuza film, before me: a young mother in high heels.

Against 12 Clock was all too late, but the teacher let us go with a heavy heart. Not, because she was so fond of us and our young, but because someone has forgotten, return his headband. All children received a medal given to more quickly (interesting, how quickly it can displace the pins, EVERY child that got a medal) and were released along with parents and relatives in the wilderness. That's it. See you next year. You must now advise, where I every first or second Saturday in October in the next 18 Will spend years: Exactly, in sports festival. Provided, of course, I'm still so long in Japan.

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Grosse-Ostjapan Erdbebenkatastrophe: Update XV

April 4th, 2011 | Tagged , , , , , | 23 Comments | 2745 reads

And, but, The name of the earthquake event 11. March 2011 was changed again: It has now to 东 日本 大 震灾 Higashi-Nihon Daishinsai, Grosse-Ostjapan Erdbebenkatastrophe agreed. The name also applies well, because in one way or another, was or. This earthquake is a disaster for (fast) ganz Ostjapan.

Westerwelle between Libya and the nuclear power plant in Fukushima seems to still occasionally be good for a main message in the news: After all, it was so rhetorically well prepared for three weeks on the Apocalypse – because you can blow off the not so easy to finally. Of course, the reactor is still not stable. Of course, the situation is critical, because highly radioactive contaminated water flows directly into the Pacific. Of course, you still have to contend with the long term consequences. Despite everything, we are left with no choice here in Tokyo, to look forward as, and to evaluate the few success stories. “Leak, passes through the heavily contaminated radioactive water into the Pacific, could not yet be closed” You can read that is also different: “Leak, passes through the heavily contaminated radioactive water into the Pacific, found”. Cynicism or not: That's at least a step forward. Man weiss, where the water comes from. And if the white, You can also think about measures. Before a, two weeks did you – nothing.
Other, currently slightly reassuring news are e.g., the radiation exposure throughout eastern Japan since many days but slowly, but steady decline. And the drinking water in the area around Tokyo with no more than 100 Becquerel per Liter, but still loaded with just one becquerel is. 0 would obviously be better, but less than 1 is better than 100. Or? This may worsen the situation with the next rain again / is, it is also clear.

In this sense, I came straight to a paper by Reinhard Zöllner for “The World Online”. I have known Professor Zoellner volatile – He joined the Japanese Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, when I left. When he is not the subject of Japanese studies over certainly bias, But the clause in Article Apocalypse Now! We Germans should be ashamed I think it hits right on the head. And the short THW is heating up again in a bad light, as discussed before.

One of the words, the one currently most widely read and hear, is the word Voluntary restraint – jishuku – Self-restraint. This means, for example, that suddenly disappears from the TV advertising screens, because without companies and agencies out of respect to reasons. Larger, more positive events (Fireworks in the summer, Festivals, Concerts, etc.) be canceled. Even the nightly illumination of the cherry blossoms, etc. usf. Mediator Report meantime, however, the critics: Japan is sinking into a months-long self-restraint, it damages the economy and society more. An understandable argument, three weeks after the quake. But it is of course difficult, as unscathed as before to continue. However: Even the cherry blossoms operate jishuku. Normally, the cherry trees are in front of our house from the end of March in full bloom – now are not even visible flower initials. The reason is the unusually long winter / Cold Spring: Usually prevail at this time 18 Degrees during the day and 9 Degrees at night. The daily maximum temperature today was 9 Degree. The apocalyptic is, however, assured: This is not the nuclear winter!

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Here are some pictures, which I made today in my city: The pictures were taken within half an hour – on the road from our house to the station (with a few detours). All images show damage caused by soil liquefaction – So they are an indirect consequence of the earthquake.
For this purpose a simple explanation for “Soil liquefaction”. This can be really quite easy to show at home. Take a small box of sand and fill in.. Then pour a little water – and that so much, that the sand is moist, but does not form a water surface. Then, place something on the sand – The main thing, It has a little bit of weight. Then shake it gently for a while the whole – and you can watch, as the object slowly sinks and water rises.
In extreme cases, can destroy buildings – In many cases, however, the following happens: Development from areas of low weight sag, stand still while heavier objects such as islands. Subsidence of up to one meter are not uncommon. Gullies usually remain standing and protrude from the surface, because they are connected to pipes in the ground.

 

 

This house (right) is no longer habitable – it is partially collapsed onto. The left house is still reasonably intact.

 

 

This building was designed by the locals affectionately きのこ 交番 – “Fungal police station” – called. This building will probably not be able to save.

 

 

In this case, it has demolished the entire balcony – because of the balcony exerted less pressure on the ground.

 

 

Many Japanese visitors wonder, why almost all the electrical equipment is installed above ground. That may have different reasons – one reason is definitely the high number of earthquakes: Of course there is some risk, that subvert the poles and transformers in the worst case, the trigger fires. On the other hand, the above-ground wiring ensures, so fast that not a power failure. Even the most affected areas in our city schlimmstenn had for weeks but nothing – But electricity and Internet connections were.

 

 

As a result of soil liquefaction is set on the sand and the water bubbles up, while the rest sags in consequence of the decrease in volume in the subsurface. In addition to the water naturally bubbling gray mud and from the underground – and not inconsiderable quantities.

 

 

Outstanding gullies are almost the symbol of soil liquefaction.

Theoretically, it would not in our town to come to such extreme soil liquefaction – has been with us “only” a strong 5 on the Japanese intensity scale (Maximum value: 7) recorded. However: The special feature of this earthquake was the length: The quake lasted almost two minutes. Anyone tried the above experiment once – and shaken two minutes, will see, what I mean…

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