Favourite Places in Japan: Ueno-mura

Today I got a message from Facebook reminding me that three years ago I was in Ueno-mura (上野村), so it seems an appropriate time to continue with my posts about favourite places in Japan. I’ve written quite a few posts related to Ueno-mura already, with the main focus being on my research about the JL123…

12 August – A Key Date in the Year

Today seems like an appropriate day to come back from over a month’s break from writing blog posts and using social media (other than responding to a few tagged posts, for example). When making plans for the next year, we all have dates that we check to see what day they fall on, or block…

Plane Crash Recreated: JAL123/Japan

Further to my post about the TV series “Plane Crash Recreated” being shown on PBS America in the UK, this post covers one of the episodes – JAL123/Japan. There are two reasons for doing a separate post on this episode (my comments on the other episodes are in the original post). First, I have been…

Preferring Live Action over Anime – Hadashi-no-Gen

Over the past week, for work on my the conference paper I will give in May (see Splitting Atomic Symbolism: Differing Words, Images, and Sounds of a Nuclear World), I have re-watched Hadashi-no-Gen (はだしのゲン) (Barefoot Gen) (dir. Masaki, 1983), watched Hadashi-no-Gen 2 (Barefoot Gen 2) (dir. Hirata, 1986) and watched Hadashi-no-Gen (Barefoot Gen) (dir. Nishiura…

Post 520 – Remembering The Victims of the JL123 Plane Crash

This is blog post number 520. For many I suspect that there is no particular significance of this number. But like 123, I will always associate it with JL123, Japan’s and the aviation world’s Titanic, which has been one of my research areas since 2007. 520 is the official number of victims on board JL123….

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E4 Series Shinkansen

I am now down to the final two, the 700 series and E4 series, in my list of my favourite shinkansen. As today (14 October) is 鉄道の日 (Tetsudo-no-hi) ‘Railway Day’ in Japan, marking the anniversary of the opening of the first railway, it seems appropriate to bring this series of posts to an end by…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E7/W7 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 5, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the E7/W7 series. Introduced to coincide with the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen beyond Nagano (for many years the line had been known popularly as the Nagano Shinkansen), the E7/W7 designation points to the fact that both JR East and JR West…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E1 Series Shinkansen

Working on the basis that I will treat all of the various N700 series shinkansen (N700, N700A, N700S) as one type and won’t include the experimental shinkansen, we are now into the Top 10 in my series about my favourite shinkansen. The ones that missed out on the Top 10 were the 300, E2, E6,…

The 36th Anniversary of the Flight JL123 Crash

I have been conducting research about the Japan Air Lines flight JL123 (also known as JAL123) since 2007. The research not only covers the crash itself (you can find a summary here), but also the aftermath of the disaster and the way in which it impacted the lives of so many people around the world….

Favourite Places in Japan: Takayama

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Takayama (高山). I have only been there once – during my time in Japan on the JET Programme in 1994. Although I went through Takayama again many years later on the train from Nagoya to Toyama, I’ve not had a chance yet…

Disasters by the Book – How Japanese may be Designing Disasters

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – often referred to as 3/11 – there are many articles and webinars discussing the events themselves and also the legacy and lessons learnt. I attended two webinars last week on this topic, and may write a separate post about this,…

JET, Jets and Japanese Studies

This post is based on a presentation I gave at the JET Alumni Association Special Interest Group Workshop at the University of East Anglia in December 2017. Let’s just remind ourselves of the aims of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme: ‘To increase mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of…