Posted By jules to jules' pics at 3/31/2011 02:44:00 PM
“Summer does not look as good as the last two years – it will be more of a ‘brolly and sunblock’ summer, with a mixture of good and bad weather.
“It will be mix of dry, sunny and warm days plus some cooler, cloudier and wetter conditions.
“It’s not going to be a poor summer, and will encouraging at times – but we will have to take the rough with the smooth and enjoy the good weather while it lasts,” he said.
The latest shortage is bottled water, of course...and natto. Not sure how the latter qualifies as an emergency foodstuff - there are some who would dispute it is a foodstuff at all, though jules and I are quite partial to it on occasions.
Ate all parts of the chicken last night.
One curious dish, which was a novelty to many at the party, was raw chicken cooked just on the very outside, with the inside warmed lightly to optimum salmonella growing temperature. At least we got to debate whether or not it was more dangerous than the water. Not that many were drinking water...
Post Great Tohoku Earthquake James.
Photo taken this morning in St Arbucks, where the service pauses only for powercuts. ..in contrast to the ex-pat Anglican congregation in Yokohama (as James already mentioned). After coffee we enjoyed the weekly shop in an unusually busy, but well stocked, supermarket and then supported the local economy by lunching in town.
There were certainly some gaps where particular products had sold out, such as instant noodles and bread. But there was plenty of food. No-one is going hungry here!
"Unequivocally, Tokyo will not be affected by the radiation fallout of explosions that have occurred or may occur at the Fukushima nuclear power stations."
As he packed to leave for the airport, Andy Ridgwell's cat got shot. In the head. Unfortunately, it was not dead. There was no alternative but to abandon the trip to Japan for the vet. The cat survived with one eye fewer and a bullet lodged forever in its neck. But that was back in 2010. The rearranged visit was this week. Andy knew we'd never talk to him again if he cancelled his trip, and he has funding for a project on which he needs our expertise, for goodness sake. Since the Earth Simulator has been switched off, presently we can do our science where we like. Today's meeting was in a nice cafe in Kamakura.
Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and houses are sprouting.
Having all your power produced in a small number of locations seems to be a bit problematic, so why don't the Japanese government make solar panels (or solar roofing) mandatory on all new buildings?
All very orderly but I'm looking forward to getting home, it looks like the trains may start up again but it's not entirely clear how soon or completely.
PS Thanks to all for your thoughts. It's basically just disruption here, nothing like the devastation that I've now finally seen on the news.
Thanks for your queries. We are not dead yet, and that was not Tokyo's expected "big one". Different fault. James is stuck in Tsukuba, his least favourite city in Japan, having trekked down the trainline. I'm in Tokyo, and had a pleasant earthquake in a very very new building, built on wheels - the building just glided and nothing even fell over. In a bizarre twist of fate we have just taken food and bedding to the UNHCR.
The fallout from the photo show in Yokohama, CP+, has so far not been too injurious to James' wallet. While the bendy tripod with a choice of magnetic, spiked or suction feet, seemed a bit odd, the gorillapod for SLRs looked lots of fun, and was duly purchased a few days later. Hence this nighttime photo with flags waving in wind at Hachimangu!