Attempt to hitchhike to the Fukushima Pacific coastline

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August 6: Today I thought to visit the Pacific coast and take some photographs of the tsunami aftermath. Fukushima Prefecture is neighbor to Niigata Prefecture where I live. As the crow flies it’s about 185 kilometers from home to the Pacific. I hoped to hitchhike there and be back home the same day. Later I … Continue reading

Hitchhike adventures since the March 11th earthquake

I haven’t felt it appropriate to write about my adventures meeting people hitchhiking in Japan since the catastrophe of March 11th. People are still suffering and I want to do what I can to help those who are going directly to the disaster areas to treat people with Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is … Continue reading

Government and banking institutions’ mistrust of aid collectors since the East Japan Earthquake

A couple days after the massive magnitude 9 earthquake in the Pacific 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula of Northeast Japan which caused a massive tsumami destroying the northeast coast of the Tohoku region, I was asked to make a website http://helpjapan2011.net for the purpose of raising aid to buy goods and … Continue reading

Message from an acquaintance of the people who are fighting the radiation leak in the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima

I received the following email from a friend about the situation of the nuclear power-plant in Fukushima. Dear everyone, I have an urgent request for prayer. Right now there are people who are giving their all to save our country, its people, and you and your family at the risk of their lives at Fukushima … Continue reading

Satellite photos of the affected areas of Japan before and after the catastrophy

My brother Mike sent me the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html One of the photos on that page: Each photo has a slider in the middle. Move the slider back and forth by putting your mouse pointer in the middle of the center bar and holding down the left mouse button, and you will see the tremendous … Continue reading

Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown

I live in Niigata Prefecture which is the neighboring prefecture to Fukushima. Thankfully there is a mountain range between us, and because the wind normally blows from the west to the east, I do not anticipate any radioactive fallout from the nuclear power plants in my area. A friend sent me this link http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/13/fukushima-simple-explanation/ which … Continue reading

Misogi – a Shinto purification ritual of standing under a waterfall in the winter

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Today I attended a traditional local ceremony at Shiratama waterfall in Niigata Prefecture. I’ve been to this waterfall several times in the summer to escape the heat, but this is the first time to see it in the snowy mid winter, and the very first time to see people stand under it! It’s actually a … Continue reading