12 August – A Key Date in the Year

Today seems like an appropriate day to come back from over a month’s break from writing blog posts and using social media (other than responding to a few tagged posts, for example). When making plans for the next year, we all have dates that we check to see what day they fall on, or block…

Post 524 – Remembering The Victims of the JL123 Plane Crash

This is blog post number 524. For many I suspect that there is no particular significance of this number. But like 123 and 520, I will always associate it with JL123, Japan’s and the aviation world’s Titanic, which has been one of my research areas since 2007. 524 is the official number of crew and…

Post 520 – Remembering The Victims of the JL123 Plane Crash

This is blog post number 520. For many I suspect that there is no particular significance of this number. But like 123, I will always associate it with JL123, Japan’s and the aviation world’s Titanic, which has been one of my research areas since 2007. 520 is the official number of victims on board JL123….

Book Review: “The Chaos Kind” by Barry Eisler

He’s back! No, I’m not talking about Bond, James Bond. I’m talking about Barry Eisler, one of my favourite authors. Compared to the majority of books that I read, Eisler’s books have more action, including fighting – Mr Bond would feel quite at home within these pages. But the action and fighting is always presented…

Favourite Places in Japan: Ueno-mura

Today I got a message from Facebook reminding me that three years ago I was in Ueno-mura (上野村), so it seems an appropriate time to continue with my posts about favourite places in Japan. I’ve written quite a few posts related to Ueno-mura already, with the main focus being on my research about the JL123…

Time to find out what happened to JL123

Although it is nearly 35 years since the JL123 (also known as JAL123) crash, there are still many questions – at least in the Japanese language materials – that remain about what really happened on 12 August 1985. I have already written about some of the issues in my posts about my JL123 research and…

Post 123

This is blog post number 123. For many I suspect that there is no particular significance of this number. 123. Or 1, 2, 3. But for me, I will always associate it with JL123, Japan’s and the aviation world’s Titanic, which has been one of my research areas since 2007. I have already done a…

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…