Continuing Agonies of Kumamoto

The God Kashima let the Namazu move and thrash the Kumamoto prefecture. As we were watching NHK News on Saturday morning that showed devastated landscapes, fresh alerts of aftershocks started appearing on the screen. This time, Namazu’s chosen playground was in Kyushu islands. Scores of…

O-Hanami Party in Komatsugawa Park with Friends

At around 5 in the evening, we returned home from the nearby Komatsugawa park after an almost 3 hours long Hanami party with friends. Today we had a pleasant O-Hanami party and socialization with around 80 friends. A short break was necessary to re-energize the…

Is Japan Safe for Foreigners?

It was not the first time when I heard a hate speech in front of the south exit of JR Moto-Yawata station yesterday. I had paid attention in the past too to such venomous talk against foreigners belonging to certain countries. A man cladded in…

How to Get a New Passbook from Mitsui Sumitomo Bank

Going to a bank in Japan and getting a passbook is not a great and exciting experience to write a blog post but there are two reasons for this post. Today during the lunch break, I went to the Mitsui Sumitomo Banking Corporation, SMBC branch…

Shunbun-no-hi, the Day People Offer Food to the Departed Souls

The spring starts from today. The morning sun was bright when I woke up at 6 in the morning. When going to bed yesterday, I was prepared to sleep until 9 in the morning, but in the middle, got a phone call from Google (unknown…

Do We Need to Prepare for an Earthquake and Tsunami?

March 11. Woke up as usual. While sipping black coffee and watching television in the morning, my little daughter asked about the cause of the tsunami on March 11, 2011. I tried to explain to her that the tsunami on March 11 happened due to the…