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 China Airlines Flight CI140 Memorial

After the JL123 crash, which has been the main focus of my research on memorialisation for about 13 years, and the Fukuchiyama Line derailment, the public transportation accident that I next have most of a memory of and link to is the China Airlines Flight CI140 (中華航空140便墜落事故). The crash happened at Nagoya Airport and I was…

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 (3): JAL Safety Promotion Center

Further to my posts about Osutaka-no-One and Irei-no-Sono, in this post I will write about the JAL Safety Promotion Center. The JAL Safety Promotion Center (Anzen Keihatsu Sentā, 安全開発センター) is located in Tōkyō near Haneda Airport. Although it is possible for the public to visit, visitors have to contact the Center in advance. It is…

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…

Remembering the Flight JL123 Crash (1): Osutaka-no-One

Although I have written a few posts about the JL123 crash (for example, a summary of the crash, the isho (last messages), about the significance of the isho; also follow this link for a list of posts related to my research on JL123), and have written in articles and books about the memorialisation of the…

Remembering RMS Titanic

Today is the anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic (though it didn’t actually sink until 15 April 1912, the accident was late on 14 April). The anniversary seems a good opportunity for me to pull together some thoughts about how we remember the sinking and how it ties in with some of my research….

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…