Red Weather Warnings

Today (18 February 2022) there is a Red Weather Warning in place in Cardiff for strong wind. As I started writing the post, the wind even started to pick up in intensity. We don’t get many Red Weather Warnings in the UK – and from a quick Google search, it seems they have only been…

Remembering the Great Hanshin Earthquake

Today (17 January) is the anniversary of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake – also known as the Hanshin Awaji Daishinsai (Great Earthquake) or Kobe earthquake (阪神・淡路大震災). On that day I was in Sheffield, in the first year of doing my PhD – but it could have been very different. A little over 24 months earlier,…

Book Review: “Bad Foreigner” by James McKnight

As a Hanshin Tigers fan, when it came to my most recent birthday and relations were asking what they could get me, I added James McKnight’s books about supporting the Hanshin Tigers to the list. I knew that these would be a very different experience to The Sportsworld of the Hanshin Tigers: Professional Baseball in…

Favourite Places in Japan: Kanazawa

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Kanazawa (金沢). I have been there three times (I think) – once during a trip to Japan in 1992, during my time in Japan on the JET Programme, and then in 2015 for some research and so I could travel on the…

Football in Japan

After mentioning my undergraduate dissertation in the posts Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Rice Cooker and Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Hello Kitty, I decided that I would upload the dissertation so that people could read it if they are interested. The version I am making available here is not the original version. That…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E1 Series Shinkansen

Working on the basis that I will treat all of the various N700 series shinkansen (N700, N700A, N700S) as one type and won’t include the experimental shinkansen, we are now into the Top 10 in my series about my favourite shinkansen. The ones that missed out on the Top 10 were the 300, E2, E6,…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 300 Series Shinkansen

The next in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 300 series, the first non-JR East shinkansen in the (reverse-order) list. It some ways it’s a shame that the 300 series doesn’t make the top 10 since it was, at least on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, one of the most distinctive and different…

Favourite Places in Japan: Takayama

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Takayama (高山). I have only been there once – during my time in Japan on the JET Programme in 1994. Although I went through Takayama again many years later on the train from Nagoya to Toyama, I’ve not had a chance yet…

Book Review: “Yellow & Black Fever” by James McKnight

As a Hanshin Tigers fan, as I have discussed elsewhere, when it came to my most recent birthday and relations were asking what they could get me, I added James McKnight’s books about supporting the Hanshin Tigers to the list. I knew that these would be a very different experience to The Sportsworld of the…

Favourite Places in Japan: Tottori Sand Dunes

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about the Tottori Sand Dunes (鳥取砂丘). I have been there a couple of times – once during a trip around Japan in 1992 and then again towards the end of my time in Japan on the JET Programme in 1994. That means I’ve…

Favourite Places in Japan: Yoron

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write about a place that I have only been to once, but really enjoyed. The place is the island of Yoron (与論島) (also known as Yoronjima or Yoronto), the southernmost island of Kagoshima. I visited Yoron back in 1994 during the Golden…

JAL 747s – Special Connections

Over the past few months, I have done a few posts about airlines retiring their Boeing 747s – see my posts on British Airways, China Airlines, ANA, and KLM . I have also done a post about the Nippon Cargo Airlines 747s. This time, I’m turning my attention to JAL. At one point JAL was…