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…

Plane Crash Recreated

There are many different documentary one-off programmes and series that deal with plane crashes. Some of the series have gone on for many seasons. It’s clearly a popular form of disaster narrative. Beyond any entertainment aspect, there’s also, naturally, the potential for them to be educational, to help inform the public, and, by extension, to…

“Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan” – Excellent Docu-Drama

I have previously posted about one of my favourite places in Japan being Sekigahara – some of which owes to its place in Japanese history. Although I wouldn’t say that the Sengoku Period is my favourite part of Japanese history, there is something compelling about what happened towards the end of the period and how…

The Tenerife Airport Disaster Memorial

Today (27 March) is the anniversary of the world’s worst plane disaster (not due to terrorism), the Tenerife Airport Disaster. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that two Boeing 747 passenger jets, operating KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736, collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport) on the Spanish…

The Tōya-Maru sinking

Over the last few days, due to something else I have been working on, I’ve been thinking again about the memorial to the Tōya-maru (洞爺丸) sinking. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that it was a Japanese train ferry constructed by the Japanese National Railways which sank during a typhoon, later known locally…