Photographing Planes at New Chitose Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港), often just referred to as Chitose Airport (千歳空港), but that can lead to confusion with the adjoining Chitose Air Base (千歳基地). Although I have been to this airport a few times, in terms of photography,…

JAL and ANA Sky Museums

Further to my post about the JAL Safety Promotion Center, I’m writing about JAL’s Factory Tour and Sky Museum (which is located in the same building as the Safety Promotion Center) and will also add on the ANA Sky Museum and their Safety Education Center. JAL Let’s start with the visit to JAL. As with…

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…

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…

Contents Tourism in Plane Sight available now

Contents tourism primarily involves fans travelling to places related to a particular element of popular culture of which they are a fan. That is the core of the definition presented by Seaton et al. (2017: 3). Whilst this volume presents a modified definition, the focus of the majority of the chapters contained within it are…