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jpntdytmrowMar. 10, 2014 - 12:25AM JST
Attended this rally today. A good turnout and slogans were the usual,
but what really stood out was that a great majority of the protesters were over 60 years of age.
There were some families with children and a number of non-Japanese.
But, there really were very few (almost unnoticeble) people in their 20's and 30's it seemed compared with previous marches.
I would like to know the reason behind the police politely requesting that those carrying banners and flags fold or lower them when in close proximity of the National Diet Building. I thought showing messages on banners to people in the Diet Building was the point. hmmmm......
Of the various parties, the Minshuto and the Kyosanto parties were out to great marchers as they past the National Diet Building.
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jpntdytmrowMar. 08, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
Why does the Christmas song come to mind...
"I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last night....
What a laugh it would have been if Daddy had only seen...."
Oh, but now we need a new song because if this is the trend,
he'd be alone in his room, hooked up to the electric 30cm thermos via his computer or smart phone with 7 different speeds
“Feel free to use at night when your family is sleeping, without worries,
(or concerns that his wife is getting thrills elsewhere)” it said.
Drop in birthrate, duh!
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jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2014 - 11:04AM JST
Over the decades, I have rescued an Airedale Terrier, a large Japanese mix, a Pointer type abandoned hunting dog, and a starving abandoned dog that later became identifiable as a Pit Bull Terrier. I would never have gone out and bought any of these, especially the latter. But, like eslewhere, Japan has people who discard dogs.
But, they have all come into our family at different stages and ages of children and all have lived with cats. All have training and communicate with local children. I use them to teach children and neighbors how to deal with dogs. Children walk with us, but I am careful to walk them after most kids have gone to school or on routes where other dogs don't walk. I do not put them in situations where they become defensive or possessive or frightened. No one is left alone with them.
I put them away when visitors come. They are kept indoors. They, (two have died of old age), are my responsibility.
They also trained to climb rocks or snow drifts and look for people or check to see if neighbors are okay. Neighbors call them by name.
I don't recommend everyone keep a dog. I do wish people would take raising dogs seriously, though. They are not toys.
As others have mentioned, small dogs should not have bad manners either.
I would blame myself if they harmed another person. Too bad the situation in the article happened.
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jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2014 - 10:46AM JST
They seem very versatile and culturally adaptable. May return to Japan and join a netto-uyo website next year.
Whatever strikes their fancy at the moment. Hawaiian dancing, social dancing, military training.... hard to keep up with the latest trends. Live life and think little. Just wondered, really how these women just decided to take a tour to Trinidad andTobago?
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jpntdytmrowFeb. 26, 2014 - 11:40PM JST
And yet, talento don't need any actual talento to be on TV or stage.
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jpntdytmrowFeb. 26, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
People could not even open the front door on the 15th. A roof collapsed into a window of mine and it took hours just to reach that roof that was say, less than 10 meters from the door. We had 12 people doing back-breaking labor for 2 full days.Shovels were breaking under the weight. Icy in the morning, melting into heavy slush in midday and freezing up into blocks of ice later in the evening. Many of the people doing this hard labor are over 70. It was no easy task. One of the "tools" we had was a car hood turned over and used as a sled. Some places are still inaccessible and landslides and roof melts are happening or lurking. The melting snow quickly returned to treacherous ice.This was no average snow fall.
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jpntdytmrowFeb. 26, 2014 - 08:12AM JST
Bet he was a good teacher!
jpntdytmrowFeb. 26, 2014 - 08:08AM JST
Bless her. It was her father's greatest act and even joy to save his daughter's life.
Posted in: Girl who lost father in last year’s deadly Hokkaido blizzard pens heart-wrenching thank-you letter
jpntdytmrowFeb. 25, 2014 - 04:53PM JST
Too bad for these orchards. Everyone loves peaches, nashi and grapes from these areas!
Just had a broken glass window replaced today. Called yesterday, replaced today!
Insurance companies are doing a great job that I can see. Tiles are off older buildings,
veranda roofs have popped and car ports crushed. Snow still falling off of roofs. Ours went mosthly from Wednesday to Sunday. No one injured because we blocked off the dangerous parts and kept a keen eye out. Only broken gutters and fences. Lucky. The home repair person we use said his company has about 170 or more places to estimate and repair.
Avalanches not only in mountains, but on the hills and slopes that are right next to homes. There are places where homes have been built up the side of lower mountains. Even in parts of Tokyo, like Mogusa-en, which looks scary to me.
Not out of the woods yet! JSDF really did a great job, although should have arrived earlier some say.
jpntdytmrowFeb. 22, 2014 - 01:37PM JST
It apparently was NOT someone who had too much snow to shovel and who had access to moving trains to get around the five wards!
One high school I know did a whole unit study in English with this book and had a speaker visit the Japanese students two years ago.
Very sad indeed. Her book will prevail. It is stronger than hate! Don't worry, Anne!
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jpntdytmrowFeb. 19, 2014 - 07:06PM JST
"And, as for Yamanashi: It receives over a meter of snow every winter. Is it just the few extra centimeters that shut the city down?"
Well, I can say that we live near the affected area and have similar problems and received 1 plus meter of snow that part of the problem was that the 70cm we received the previous week had not melted enough and on the rooves, many still had almost the same amount of snow when the new "shipment" arrived. The town I frequent in Yamanashi did not have enough places to dump the snow and was still recovering and is in a real bind. I cannot get a repairperson to get in to fix my broken window there. The snow from the previous week was becoming ice under the weight of the new snow. Many kindergartens and schools are still not open in Kanagawa and Yamanashi.
Perhaps if the 1 meter of snow had happened first and no more additional snow accumulated, this could just be a pain in the neck. But, this second snow was full of water and heavy. It freezes fast. I had hoped to get rid of the snow from our roof today. As it is, I have to watch it tomorrow all day and hope no one is injured and hope it doesn't take the other gutters and balcony down with it. Just got a package from Kuroneko; took hours to get here the driver said.
Posted in: Death toll from snowstorm rises to 23
jpntdytmrowFeb. 19, 2014 - 04:16PM JST
Today was a warmer day with much of the snow melting.
But, that includes snow on unreachable rooves like our home.
Saturday, a lattice fence broke, a gutter broke and hit an electric wire.
Today, with the warmth came the crash of snow that had turned to ice.
50 cm of ice. I am still waiting for more to come or at least harden and stop until tomorrow.
I have one more family to make sure comeshome safely and avoids being around our home.
Put signs out but I have to be out there when the newspaper and postal carriers come.
Another gutter and corner piece tore off. Veranda roof is broken.
Thank goodness no one has been hurt.
Window on room we rent cannot be fixed until roads are better.
This is really a costly storm. But, we are safe and warm.
Helicopters going over all day.
One local supermarket had food but that is because they are going to get supplies themselves!
People are not hoarding in our area.
jpntdytmrowFeb. 19, 2014 - 12:22PM JST
I don't know how the contracts for companies are made. As I have written before,
we woke Saturday to 1 plus meters of snow and could not open our front door.
Everything was buried. We spent Saturday trying to just get a walking path from
neighbor to neighbor to the main street. Exhausted, we broke for lunch and naps
and resumed again. Sunday, we worked by hand for 7 hours with no break except for water.
At 2, one small road had a plow come up to our area but could NOT do our entrance.
The entrance and other half of the circle around the mountain was with a different company.
They came around 6 p.m. or so Sunday.
We cheered them on!!
But, the KOKUDO Rt. 20 was still awful as of Monday night when they plowed again. Tuesday night, it was better but still no safe place for pedestrians to walk. Everyone was/is sharing the icy narrow road and bridges.
We still have to call the neighboring town to see if it is worth driving over to the supermarket. THey say, No, the streets are bad and the supermarket is empty. Have to take a train to Tokyo to buy food.
A lot of roads. A lot of snow. Those workers have not rested at all!! It took a good 30 minutes for them to plow 10 meters of 1 meter deep snow.
It is sad that they could not reach him. But, I saw why. Poor man, and other stuck people.
Posted in: Man freezes to death in car stuck in snow in Gunma
jpntdytmrowFeb. 19, 2014 - 07:02AM JST
I walked to the station yesterday and a kind neighbor picked me up. some parts okay but others are scary.
Another family member walked home in the a.m. and a different neighbor
gave him a lift!! Wonderful feeling. People are still out walking on BLACK ICE
trying to get to work on trains that are still running irregularly along the Chuo Hon Sen west of Takao.
Still people are having to walk home from the last stop. It has been Shiotsu. Hospitals and school staff still cannot get to work. On the trains that do run, people bring home food from Tokyo. Stores have run out of vegetables, meat dairy products and other staples like rice and pasta, bread. I bought bread in Tokyo at a bakery. My family was so happy!
Because the roads are narrow, a younger member uses a scooter to see what can be bought at convenience stores and supermarkets.
Last night, Rt. 20 was cleared in parts but wet from the melting mounds of snow on eithe side.
People still have to walk with the delivery trucks, cars, taxis on the same road. Sidewalds are buried even or bridges.
Very treacherous still.
A woman told me last night her water pipes were frozen. Her mother collected snow, boiled the water as best she could and cooled it to wash rice. They also live near a hill that will wash away when the snow melts.
This is the reality of many in rural areas beyond Takao, in Kanagawa, Yamanashi, of course other places.
Posted in: Snowstorm leaves 19 dead; 6,900 trapped in small communities
jpntdytmrowFeb. 19, 2014 - 05:59AM JST
Our stores have no bread at all.
This is a great gesture!!
I will buy Yamazaki bread when shelves get restocked
and collect points
for their little freebies!
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jpntdytmrowFeb. 19, 2014 - 05:52AM JST
I have no idea why he was on the road.
I woke on the 15th, looked out the window toward my neighbors' homes and immediately took pictures of
their inaccessible doorways and buried cars....completely unrecognizable as a car. Except for being on a road, a helicopter flying overhead could mistake it for a small hill. The snow fell down and was evenly distributed everywhere.
I can well imagine the road he may have been on.
It would be a tough decision to make to stay or to walk. We do not know his physical health before being stuck. Walking through a lot of snow can be exhausting and he may have not been up to the task or wearing any appropriate clothing. A walk anywhere around our area to any major point can take 40 minutes on a good day.
I am still hearing people tell about their having walked from the last station along the Chuo Line to their homes.
5.5 or 7 hours or more! One had mountain climbing boots, the other had rain boots that broke, but he kept walking.
Our family member walked home from our station and it took well over 90 minutes in rain proof shoes.
Anyway, this poor soul didn't make it. With the heater going, the snow can block the exhaust pipe. My parents told us to keep the windows open a crack when we were stuck in snow to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Very sad to read about this man's death.
jpntdytmrowFeb. 18, 2014 - 06:51AM JST
Just got back from driving a family member to the station on the Chuo Honsen.
Route 20 has been plowed whilst we slumbered!!! Thank you to the company that did that!!
Now, instead of slush and bumpy ice, Pedestrians can still walk IN THE STREET on smooth ice
(that may melt later today) with the delivery trucks, taxis, cars, scooters, etc.
I saw a woman carrying a preschooler along the route on the icy road. I offered her a ride, indeed
begged her to get in the car with us tothe station. But, she said, "daijobu desu. arigatou gozaimasu"
and refused. Kind of sad to be in an era where people feel it is better to risk walking, falling, breaking,
than accept a ride of a fellow small towner.
There are no buses running today and my parking space is inacessible. I shall be among the walkers
in a few minutes. Trains are running irregularly and finally past Shiotsu to Kofu, if people stuck are lucky!
Parts of the Chuo Highway may open up but some towns still cannot use their entrance and exit ramps.
The radio said helicopters will be delivering some food to certain towns in Yamanashi which are completely isolated.
More snow possible tonight, tomorrow, Thursday, and or Friday and Saturday. Weather app shows this pattern continuing until March 9 so far!!!
jpntdytmrowFeb. 17, 2014 - 09:18PM JST
So glad the news mentions the areas completely isolated and trapped west of Tokyo! Route 20 is a complete mess, with only one lane available for delivery trucks, semis, taxis, passenger cars and PEDESTRIANS walking on either deep slush or solid ice because sidewalks are full of piled up snow. It didn't say that we got 1 meter of snow in addition to the previous 70cm.
In our area two separate snow plow companies are hired and one came up to the wall of our community but could NOT do even just the few meters to the driveway for our people to get out to the shoveled road. We had to wait until the OTHER company (a construction company) to come from the opposite direction. They can't go into rival territories.
Our rooves are piled high with what is now ice posing a real threat to people below. People are still isolated in spots. A window broke after a nearby shed crashed through the shutters on a place we rent. It is now covered with a plastic sheet so the room is unusable, and inaccessible. Gutters are falling off. Businesses and hospitals cannot get deliveries and staff cannot get to work because the Chuo Highway and trains have closed. Several reports of rooves collapsing. Car ports are broken all over the area.
We found out that an elderly neighbor was completely trapped in her home by walls of snow falling off the roof adding to the snow on the ground. She escaped via one entrance. A roof collapsed.
Shovels have broken. Food!? Some people walked to depleted stores 2 hours away. Bakeries don't have flour for bread.How much can one carry when the nearest store is 40 minutes away on foot over icy roads?
Glad to see that the JSDF was flying overhead yesterday and checking our area out.
jpntdytmrowFeb. 17, 2014 - 06:51AM JST
He was married in the deepest sense. He loved and respected his wife/partner.
This is part of his closure.
He is going to bring "her home". Let him have that choice.
At least closure has not been regulated.
I wish him all the best.
Anyone who has lost someone dear knows about this need.
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jpntdytmrowFeb. 16, 2014 - 02:36PM JST
True, and we did have a storage as did the neighbors who are well-versed in disaster prep.
One factor this time different from other times was that the last week's storm brought us 70cm of snow that made us unable to get out of the community for days and then people had to go to work, work overtime to make up for lost work days, and did not have TIME and the next town over with a supermarket was still a mess as of Thursday because they did not have enough snow plows or bull dozers to remove all of the snow from the very narrow streets. That store serves many rural communities, was hard to get to and was already running low on stock. Many of the people running low are elderly whose children live far away and could not or store up in time, though we try to take them shopping when possible.
But,not to worry, in a typhoon and an earthquake, this town has supplies for the community.
Again, we all spent another 6 hours removing the 1 meter of snow. Rooves still have about 80 cm of snow left to melt.
We broke several shovels, including a large red scoop, and a farmer donated his gasoline powered mechanical wheel barrow. People have been so kind to one another. One neighbor brought us some pet food to share in a pinch. It was a lovely gesture.
Now, we just have to wait for the city's snow plow to come by and for the trains to start up.
Oh, just now, the water has suddenly turned off.
Good luck to all!
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