Favourite Photos: Haneda Arrival at Dawn

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 as the plane I was on was about to arrive at Haneda Airport in January 2020. Little did I imagine that this would be my last trip to Japan for…

Favourite Photos: Jonanjima from the air

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 Japan in 2015 – or, to be more precise, on my way back from that trip as it was taken from plane seat soon after it left…

Coming Across Nature When Researching

As I mentioned in my most Photographing Planes Near Haneda Airport, Tokyo: Jonanjima, one of the things I associate with going to that site is seeing stray cats, birds and even Mount Fuji. I thought I’d say more (largely show photographs) about this and also some other encounters with nature during my research trips, where…

Photographing Planes at Haneda Airport, Tokyo

Having written post about taking photos near to Haneda Airport (see my posts about Jonanjima and Keihinjima Tsubasa Park), this time I’ll write about taking photos at Haneda Airport itself. Getting there is straight forward, so I won’t dwell on that. One thing to note at this point is that there are several photo spots,…

Photographing Planes Near Haneda Airport, Tokyo: Jonanjima

Ever since I first started visiting Japan in 1989 I have enjoyed taking pictures of trains, particularly shinkansen. I’m not 100% sure why – I would never classify myself as a train spotter. But in the end, the photographing helped stimulate my research on the shinkansen itself and the book and other articles I have…

The JL350 Memorial

After writing a post about the Tōya-maru sinking, I’ve decided to write posts about a number of other memorialisation sites that I have visited during the course of my research. Most of these I plan to do on the anniversary of the event itself, but I may do a few additional ones in the coming…

3/11, Airports and Airlines

I wasn’t in Japan on 11 March 2011. The ‘triple disaster’ of ‘3/11’ came as I was completing my book Dealing with Disaster in Japan, and I made a couple of late amendments to include reference to the disaster, but that book’s main focus was the 1985 flight JL123 crash. Many asked me whether I…

A Summary of the JL123 Crash

On 12 August 1985, Japan Airlines flight JL123 (registration JA8119) took off from Haneda bound for Itami in Osaka. There was a mixture of passengers- many returning to their ancestral home for the Obon religious festival, businessmen, and families returning from Tokyo Disneyland. The passenger list also included the singer Kyu Sakamoto, the Hanshin Tigers…