Favourite Places in Japan: Hakodate

Continuing with my posts about favourite places in Japan (see also here), I’m going to write a bit about another – Hakodate (函館). Hakodate is located towards the southern end of the northern island of Hokkaido. I have been to Hakodate a few times now – for a variety of different reasons. The first time…

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….

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…

The Tōya-Maru sinking

Over the last few days, due to something else I have been working on, I’ve been thinking again about the memorial to the Tōya-maru (洞爺丸) sinking. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that it was a Japanese train ferry constructed by the Japanese National Railways which sank during a typhoon, later known locally…