Thursday, March 31, 2011
The rings are large and James the mathematician thinks it was only about 50 years old. Being a ginkgo it could yet regrow, but its roots must pass through much of the building plot so I wouldn't be surprised if it gets dug up.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Ate all parts of the chicken last night.
One curious dish, which was a novelty to many at the party, was raw chicken cooked just on the very outside, with the inside warmed lightly to optimum salmonella growing temperature. At least we got to debate whether or not it was more dangerous than the water. Not that many were drinking water...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Post Great Tohoku Earthquake James.
Photo taken this morning in St Arbucks, where the service pauses only for powercuts. ..in contrast to the ex-pat Anglican congregation in Yokohama (as James already mentioned). After coffee we enjoyed the weekly shop in an unusually busy, but well stocked, supermarket and then supported the local economy by lunching in town.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
As he packed to leave for the airport, Andy's cat got shot. In the head. Unfortunately, it was not dead. There was no alternative but to abandon the trip to Japan for the vet. The cat survived with one eye fewer and a bullet lodged forever in its neck. But that was back in 2010. The rearranged visit was this week. Andy knew we'd never talk to him again if he cancelled his trip, and he has funding for a project on which he needs our expertise, for goodness sake. Since the Earth Simulator has been switched off, presently we can do our science where we like. Today's meeting was in a nice cafe in Kamakura.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and houses are sprouting.
Having all your power produced in a small number of locations seems to be a bit problematic, so why don't the Japanese government make solar panels (or solar roofing) mandatory on all new buildings?
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thanks for your queries. We are not dead yet, and that was not Tokyo's expected "big one". Different fault. James is stuck in Tsukuba, his least favourite city in Japan, having trekked down the trainline. I'm in Tokyo, and had a pleasant earthquake in a very very new building, built on wheels - the building just glided and nothing even fell over. In a bizarre twist of fate we have just taken food and bedding to the UNHCR.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The fallout from the photo show in Yokohama, CP+, has so far not been too injurious to James' wallet. While the bendy tripod with a choice of magnetic, spiked or suction feet, seemed a bit odd, the gorillapod for SLRs looked lots of fun, and was duly purchased a few days later. Hence this nighttime photo with flags waving in wind at Hachimangu!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Yesterday it snowed. James was celebrating being recovered from a cold.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The Japanese are famous for the careful aesthetics they employ in tree pruning.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Not quite so uncomplaining portrait model? This is one of the two guards at the entrance to Sugimotodera, apparently whittled in 1223 (by Unkei, one of the most famous Buddha statue sculptors of the Nara Period, and often referred to as Japanese Michelangelo - says the interweb).