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….

My Top Movies and TV Shows

This post provides a list of my favourite movies/TV programmes. It is based on the ratings that I have given them on IMDb. Given that IMDb hasn’t been around as long as I have, I suspect that there are many titles that I have forgotten to add – they may get added in due course….

“Titanic” – The Greatest Disaster Movie?

The next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” is about Titanic (James Cameron, 1997). Although it came out around the same time as Armageddon, Dante’s Peak, Deep Impact, and Volcano, and so at a time when Hollywood was producing a number of disaster…

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 RMS Titanic

Today is the anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic (though it didn’t actually sink until 15 April 1912, the accident was late on 14 April). The anniversary seems a good opportunity for me to pull together some thoughts about how we remember the sinking and how it ties in with some of my research….

Designing Japanese Disaster Narratives

Mileti (1999) has argued that disasters are ‘designed’ and are ‘the consequences of narrow and short-sighted development patterns, cultural premises, and attitudes toward both the natural environment and even science and technology’ (ibid:18). If disasters themselves are ‘designed’, what about narratives about disasters? Yacowar (2012) not only categorised disaster movies into types, but also set…

Disaster Narratives by Design

Mileti (1999) has argued that disasters are ‘designed’ and are ‘the consequences of narrow and short-sighted development patterns, cultural premises, and attitudes toward both the natural environment and even science and technology’ (ibid:18). If disasters themselves are ‘designed’, what about narratives about disasters? Yacowar (2012) not only categorised disaster movies into types, but also set…