Book Review: “Doctor Glass” by Louise Worthington

I got a copy of this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), so knew nothing about it before starting to read it. This, in itself, is very unusual since I tend to read the cover details about a book before buying or borrowing a book. Going into this one – other than knowing vaguely the…

Car Crash Memorials and Self-Driving Cars

One of the English language sites, Japan Today, that I use for keeping on top of the news in Japan (and what others who don’t speak Japanese might be seeing about Japan) had a story today (16 September 2021) talking about a memorial for a road traffic accident and touching upon the issue of self-driving…

Suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic: Trends in Japan and Around the World

Recently I attended a seminar on the topic of ‘Suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic: Trends in Japan and Around the World’ hosted by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The talk featured two speakers – David Gunnell, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol and a world-leading epidemiologist and public health physician, and Michiko Ueda, an…

Shigaraki Kōgen Train Crash Memorial

As part of my research on memorialisation, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. One of these is for the Shigaraki Kōgen Train Crash (信楽高原鐵道衝突事故) (also known as the Shigaraki Train Disaster). A summary of what happened can be found on Wikipedia. The key points that it was a railway accident that occurred…

Jōban Line derailment and collision Memorial

As part of my research on memorialisation, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. After the JL123 memorials, the first that I visited was the Jōban Line derailment and collision (also known as the Mikawashima accident (三河島事故)) memorial. A summary of what happened can be found on Wikipedia. The key points that it…

Kan’Etsu Bus Crash Memorial

As part of my research for the article on modifications are made to public transportation accidents, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

The Fukuchiyama Line Derailment Memorial

After the JL123 crash, which has been the main focus of my research on memorialisation for about 13 years, the one that I have the next greatest association with is the one for the Fukuchiyama Line derailment (also known as the Amagasaki derailment) (JR福知山線脱線事故). I have been to the site twice – in January 2009…

Remembering the Flight JL123 Crash (2): Irei-no-Sono

Further to my post about Osutaka-no-One, in this post I will write about Irei-no-Sono (慰霊の園), the memorial to the victims of the JL123 crash, which is located in central Ueno-mura (and not at the foot of the mountain where the plane crashed, as I have seen it described sometimes). Let us start with how to…

Karuizawa Ski Bus Crash Memorial

As part of my research for the article on modifications are made to public transportation accidents, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

Hachikō Line Train Collision Memorial

As part of my research for the article on modifications are made to public transportation accidents, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

Hachikō Line derailment Memorial

As part of my research for the article on modifications are made to public transportation accidents, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

The Naka-Meguro Train Crash Memorial

As part of my research for the article on modifications are made to public transportation accidents, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…