26 March 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Nuclear winter!  
A few nights ago, it snowed!!! It was more like a blizzard than anything else, although thankfully it turned back into rain in a few hours and there was no trace left behind. If you hadn't looked outside at the right time, you would have never known it was snowing! It was sure cold, though! I don't think that I have ever seen it snow in March.. the end of March, no less. For my warmth-loving bones, it's pretty frustrating.

So yeah, it miiiiiiiight be a little bit cold for this time of year, yes? In other news, because there was some radioactive iodine detected in the water here the other day (perfectly fine for adults, but too high for babies and pregnant women), the hoarding of water started all over again. I haven't been able to get any bottled water in two weeks (the cheap ones have been continuously gone, and I didn't want to pay double or triple. Now the quintuple ones are even sold out). It's getting to be a bit frustrating, when you want it for normal things, and would also like a bit in reserve "just in case", but can't get it at all, and yet hear stories of people washing their dishes in the stuff. COME ON. More than me, what about all of the babies and pregnant women out there who can't get it because you want to totally unnecessarily wash your dirty plates in it? Come on.............. Sorry for the rant. There are so many awful things going on in Sendai, and here I am ranting about water! But I just wanted to get it off my chest, since there indeed is nothing that I can do about it besides rant. (I feel much better now, even better if anyone agrees with me!)

Enough complaining! This is pretty awesome: Japan quake map (animated). It shows all of the quakes from the 11th until now. There have been 770 quakes since the 11th. It's like a neverending roller coaster! Magnitude 5? No problem! I think I mighta felt something :D

I had a dentist appointment on Thusday, so I ventured onto the trains for the first time since the day before the quake. But as anyone who was reading my twitter that day found out, there are no more express trains! They have all been cancelled to help with the power-saving measures. So I was 45 minutes late. ^^; I live just far enough from the center of Tokyo to take forever on local trains, but be fairly quick and easy on normal trains. ^^;;;; Good to know before I have to work and all.. (Monday)

Oh, and I also heard the greatest thing a few days ago. Someone at Fox news (why are your fictional dramas so great but your news so bad?!) reported that a famous concert hall in Shibuya is actually a nuclear reactor. Let's laugh together: LOLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLL!!! You can read about it here, and also see what the concert hall thought of it: Shibuya Eggman is really a secret nuclear reactor (not)! (I don't see how anyone with enough intelligence to land a job in the news research department of a major channel could mistake somewhere called "Shibuya Eggman" as a nuclear power plant... I mean... seriously? Did you play too much Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid?)

It's good to have a laugh every now and then to release the tension. ^^ Well, anyways, since I was in the city the other day, I decided to make a day of it and went to Akihabara after my appointment to hang out with Adrian. Though some of the advertising screens were turned off (not a bad thing!), it was basically just as busy as ever!















The West side of Akihabara station as seen from the fourth floor of the new shopping center in the station. While we were sitting in the Starbucks chatting, there was another quake. It was only a 2, but everyone suddenly went quiet and an announcement came over the speakers from the "disaster prevention center" informing us that we weren't losing our minds. It does feel a little bit stronger when you are in a tall building, but within 30 seconds the normal volume of talking had resumed. ^^


Adrian swears these puttied cracks were a product of the first quake. I really wonder!


Moe batteries are now back in stock at Animate!


Packed to the brim with shoppers as usual!


Gee... so deserted (not)!!


A random picture from Yokohama the other day. Mako's friend asked him to help with a job of his, and I played babysitter for the car. I don't mind, since I love Mako and I love riding in cars! Win-win! (There is no place to park that's not expensive, but if a person is in the car you can leave it on the side of the road forever. I just played games, studied, and wrote when he wasn't around). And enjoyed the scenery.



I was thinking that maybe it's time to continue that meme that I was doing before this all happened... so whynot! =^^=

Day 01: 10 things about you
Day 02: 10 things you love
Day 03: 10 things you hate

Day 04: 10 things you want to say to one person
Day 05: 10 wishes
Day 06: 10 items you can’t live without
Day 07: 10 important people
Day 08: 10 of your favorite songs
Day 09: 10 ways to win your heart
Day 10: Final 10 words.


These are each to a different person/people, and some of them are to more than one person... I think it's more fun that way! Can you guess who they are to? I feel like I want to run some kind of fun contest.... *starts thinking up ideas...*

1. I love you, more than I have loved anyone, ever!!! I never want to be parted.
2. I feel like we have grown closer ever since the earthquake, since we rarely ever talked before! Though of course I have known you guys for all/most of my life.
3. I luv you!
4. I wish that you would stop overreacting.
5. You can't have it both ways. I've been really horrified at the way that you treat XX, but I will never tell you because it's none of my business. But as someone who has been treated that way by other people, I feel really, really bad for XX.
6. Please hurry and come back to Japan!
7. I know it's expensive to call here, but I really wish that you would. Let's trade more videos!
8. I am soooooooooo jealous of you, because you have two things that I have worked really hard for and still can't seem to achieve. T-T But I still love you as a person.
9. I am SO proud of you!
10. This is to everyone who has ever left me a message of any kind, and ever will from here on out (not counting spambots): THANK YOU!!!!! I don't think that I could do anything without every single one of you. I really am lucky.
 
 
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Alouzon: BotP -- Princessalouzon on March 26th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
Hi Jamie, glad to hear things are getting back to normal (except for the bottled water thing). We keep getting news stories here about how you can't find toilet paper anywhere (which is important, but I would think a run on water would be more newsworthy).

How many earthquakes a month would get ignored as "normal" before the big one up north happened? My cousin said that earthquakes would usually be ignored as average happenings; are the quakes still strong enough that it stops conversation in a coffee shop for a couple of minutes because it's unusual, or is everyone still understandably jumpy?

Love the new pics - it's nice to see normal pictures coming out of Japan. Did you end up getting that new camera you were talking about, or are you still saving up?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 26th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
I saw lots of toilet paper today, but I didn't buy any because the kind I always buy (the cheap kind) was all sold out of course! I suppose I will have to wait until the last minute, if it doesn't appear sooner!

Hmm, it varied per month, but I would say maybe once every 2 or 3 months we would get an earthquake we could feel. Maybe not even that often, though little ones happened all the time that nobody noticed because they were too weak.

Nope, I have nowhere near enough money for a camera yet. It might take a year.. I took these with my iphone.
akibareakibare on March 26th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
I have to say, as someone who lives in the US but always relied on Japanese news (same as people living in Japan who watch American news, it's not that crazy unusual) it's been amazing to me how much the coverage is different.

It's quite the topic of conversation at lunch (where lots of us who mainly consume Japanese language media in my town gather).

I have to say though Akihabara has certainly changed from when I saw it last in person (the new station was still under construction then).
Jade: coathisuiai on March 26th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
This comment is barely relevant at all, but oh wow, those batteries are so cute! ♥
Sheryl Nomepocket_girl on March 26th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
not being to able to get to express train is a pain, i know the feeling, i am so glad i move out from Fuchu! ^_^;

i wonder if i am in 10 things? ^_^;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 26th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
I think a few of the ten things can apply to you. ^^ Nothing bad of course!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 26th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
PS: Because you (and 2 other friends) are always talking about it, I started to watch Fringe :3
Sheryl Nomepocket_girl on March 26th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
oh, you certainly should!!
first season is kind of meh, but more you watch of it - you'll love characters.

i watch a lot of shows, but some is just "i have to watch it" like House or Glee, but Fringe is something you never know what happens, i wait for it every week with doki-doki feeling inside.

i also really like The Good Wife, it is not that entertaining, but still good and serious.

and, think about it, 10 things - yeah, there may be more than 1 things that you would say to me! ^_^
and i would say to you too ^^
Anguilaelectragretchen on March 26th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
I've been following you from years now, because I was a huuuuge Teni Myu + Kimeru fan. Even tho I'm not a big of a fan anymore I keep reading your journal because you always post really interesting stuff (even the little ones) and have an unique point of view in a lot of topics, also you're such a great person and someone whose always fighting. Believe it or not you're an inspiration and I have faith you will conquer whichever goal and obstacle is in your way. Looking up to see your work as a mangaka, above all! :D
Thank you for letting us to be part of your life!! :3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 26th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thank you! ^^ I have wondered a lot whether because I don't post much about Tenipuri anymore, if people who friended me for those reasons aren't really interested anymore.. I'm glad to see that not everyone has left! ^^
Moi: silly mechuchuchie on March 26th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
i'm glad that life is still going on over there, albeit a little disheveled and less routine. NHK news makes everything look so bad. :/

since all my other English speaking friends have stopped blogging as often, i hope that you'll be able to continue.

glad to see you're still doing okay and hope that things will continue to be so once the work week hits ya!!
altaeciafaltaeciaf on March 26th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
That really sucks about the water shortage, wish i could send you a huge costco size case of bottled water from Seattle.
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on March 27th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Fox News... they're just full of bullshit. I mean, it's like they don't even TRY to report news.
But I'm glad you're OK!
Carrie-Ann H. Chavezrogue_13 on March 27th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Really glad you are ok!!!! Strength+Resilience=Japan <3
ShadowNiteWolfshadownitewolf on March 27th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
I absolutely love it when you include pictures! I love being able to see different adventures that you have through pictures. I love the battery cases though! So much better then the Duracell and Kirkland cases! haha

Glad everyone is going well besides the stupid bottled water thing. Figures people get over paranoid (makes sense though >.<)
girlsblue on March 27th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
but can't get it at all, and yet hear stories of people washing their dishes in the stuff

I completely agree with you. Some people just go WELL over the top (often people who really should know better, too) without thinking that while they're trying to cram five-hundred loaves of bread into their freezer, and shower with mineral water people up north are going without because there's none left.
kate_fireflykate_firefly on March 27th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
thanks for the updates and pics, jamie! i'm glad things are mostly back to normal in tokyo. i hope the cherry blossoms will come soon to cheer everyone up...isn't it usually around march or april? and i'm glad you're continuing the meme! ~__~ yeyyy. i'm included in #10!! <3

about your question to chochajin on twitter, why she likes toma so much... xD i'm a fan too, and i love him cuz he's sooooo incredibly cute and talented! but it's better that u can see him in action. check out this fanmade MV!! hehe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ame5G75XXdU&feature=channel_video_title
Neffilineneffiline on March 28th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Woaw!! So many earthquakes since the 11th, it's hard to believe and understand. Crazy!!

I like the picture of people walking in the street. Makes me miss Japan a lot n______n
Dafni SaridiDafni Saridi on March 28th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Amazing blog!!
Hi Jamie,
I just happened to bump into your blog a couple of days ago and i want to say that i am looooving it!I haven't had the chance to read the whole thing (God knows when ill be able to finish it hehe). It's really great to see that if a person is determined to do anything for his/her dream then anything is possible.I am planning of moving to Tokyo too later on this year and go into the Anime industry and of course i was wondering how the creative industry accepts foreigners there- buuuuut it seems that it is possible if you put ur mind into it!!!

I hope everything is good with you and the earthquake/radiation thing.... and i am sending just positive thinking and patience and smileys :)

Again, amaaaaazing blog!!!Thank youuuu!!! I hope this cheers u up (^_^)/
Soon Leong OngSoon Leong Ong on March 28th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
aftershocks
hi Jamie, thanks for sharing. I'm planning to bring my family to Tokyo for holiday end of April. I've also been following the Japan Quake Map closely. Just wondering if you did feel each of those aftershocks in Tokyo as it happened. We live in Christchurch and we felt almost every aftershocks that's above 3 magnitude because they are all pretty nearby and shallow over here (usually almost under the city and less than 10km deep) , and anything above 4 can be rather scary.
Cheers
loki_leeloki_lee on March 29th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
I keep moving between 'extremely worried about Japan' and 'worried about Japan'. Just when I think I can breathe a sigh of relief I hear things like radioactive water is leaking from power plants, and my science teacher is telling me how serious the situation is.

But when I that you aren't panicking, I feel calm again. (^^) Good luck with the hoarding situation! Ah, Animate... I wish I could just box one of you up and ship you to Australia... ^^;;
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