Favourite Photos: Doai Station

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a trip to Doai station in 2011. The main reason for my visits to Doai stems from Contents Tourism connected to my research about the JL123 crash and the novel/dramatization…

Yuzawa

Yuzawa (湯沢) in Niigata prefecture is a small town (population of less than 8,000) that I have visited many times – but never stayed at. That I have been there so many times is thanks to the fact that it has a shinkansen station and is only about 90 minutes from Tokyo Station. If you…

Contents Tourism – Mount Tanigawa and Ichi-no-Kurasawa

Are you familiar with the term ‘contents tourism’? I cannot remember when I first heard it, but I know who to thank for introducing me to it – Dr Philip Seaton. After hearing some of his presentations, not only did I become familiar with the concept, but it turned out that I had already been…

The BOAC Flight 911 Memorial

In the next of my series of posts about memorialisation sites I have visited (see also The Tōya-maru sinking and The JL350 memorial), I’m writing about my visit to the BOAC Flight 911 Memorial (英国海外航空機空中分解事故). I visited the site on 19 September 2017. A (currently very brief) summary of what happened to the flight itself…

486 Steps

If you take out a map of the Japanese railway network and follow the Jōetsu conventional mainline out from the capital towards Niigata you will find two loops in the line. The flat map cannot do justice to what is taking place here as the mainline struggles to overcome the mountain range that separates the…