It’s been three years since the earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan. I got to experience it firsthand. It was a shocking event, and it’s something I will never forget for the rest of my life. Please read all about my experience. Comments are very welcome.
Originally posted on Jay Dee in Japan:
It’s the third anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Hard to believe it’s been that long. I remember that day very well as if it were less than a year ago. I’m going to go back in time and show you my posts after this event.
On the day of the earthquake, I posted this short post, letting people know I was fine. The next day, I posted this quick update. On March 13th, I posted this long account of my day. If you read any of these posts, that’s the one to read. At the time, I was still doing my first Picture of the Week series, and I posted a picture of the supermarket shelves. On March 16th, there was an earthquake at Mt. Fuji.
After the earthquake, there was a lot of media attention, much of it about the nuclear meltdown in progress in Fukushima. The situation continues there, and it hasn’t improved. It turned out that both the government and the officials at the nuclear plant covered up the truth about what was really happening. I’m quite disappointed in how the government handled things. It’ll be a very long time until anyone can go into the affected area again.
I’d also like to draw your attention to a post I made on my writing blog, I Read Encyclopedias for Fun. It’s all about what an earthquake feels like.
Posted in Current Events, Geology, Japan, Life, Science
Tagged 3/11, anniversary, earthquake, Fukushima, Japan, meltdown, nuclear power plant, Tohoku, tsunami
The Ofuna Library is a local branch library for the Ofuna area in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It’s a short distance from Ofuna Station.
The three storey building is actually a local city office, but the library is inside.
The building has a conservative design, but looks pretty solid. The main floor is the local branch office for Kamakura City Office, while the library is on the second floor. The official page for Kamakura City Library is here. It’s in Japanese only.
To see more libraries, check out the Library Photo Project.
I have an INTJ type personality. This is one of the 16 personality types from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI. It’s also one of the rarest types, with only 1-2% of the population. Thanks to 61 Musings, I was reminded of this test that I took in junior high school, and took the short version of the test to verify my type. It’s still the same.
So, what do all these letters mean in the test? This infographic gives a good idea about what each personality is like, as well as what each letter means.
Click to view the full sized image. It’s quite large. Source: Wikipedia user Jake Beech.
Let’s look at my personality type, INTJ. The top right box is mine, and it says I’m innovative, independent, strategic, logical, reserved, and insightful. I’m driven by my own original ideas to achieve improvements. It seems to describe me quite well. I am very independent, and I’m always thinking about things logically. In social situations, I’m pretty reserved, but I was much more reserved when I was younger. It’s still my default. Now, let’s look at each individual letter.
I – Introversion
- Could be described as reserved, private – Absolutely me. I tend to be a fairly private person, though not excessively so. I tend to share a lot more than I used to.
- Prefer a slower pace with time for contemplation – It really depends. I do a lot of things in a day, so I do things at a quick pace. However, I tend to prefer to be in a quiet place that allows me to spend time to look at things or study. I don’t like to be rushed.
- Tend to think things through inside your head – I do this a lot. I analyse things in my head. I visualise quite a bit, and I can figure out problems in my head both visually and logically.
- Would rather observe than be the centre of attention – This is very true. I would prefer to avoid attention, and I certainly was like this when I was younger. However, with my job as a teacher, I am often the centre of attention. But at a party, I’ll sit at the side and talk with just my friends.
N – Intuition
- Imagine the possibilities of how things could be – I often think through possible outcomes in the future. I also imagine what things will be like in the future in general, likely giving me an interest in science fiction. However, I do also like doing the sensing side of things, focusing on the reality of how things are. I tend to do both.
- Notice the big picture, see how everything connects – I do see the big picture a lot. I see the details, as well, but how they connect with everything else. I’m good with maps and I can visualise large-scale systems.
- Enjoy ideas and concepts for their own sake – This would relate to theoretical sciences, and that’s certainly true. I also like knowledge of any kind, as I have broad interests. I do like practical uses, but I also like everything else.
- Like to describe things in a figurative, poetic way – I like fiction. I like writing fiction. This sure fits me. The other option is telling things how they are. I do this as well, especially because of my scientific education.
T – Thinking
- Make decisions in an impersonal way, using logical reasoning – Absolutely true for me. I am very analytical when looking at the choices, and I choose the option that is most logical. Call me a Vulcan. I don’t like relying on feelings to make my decisions. I’m not impulsive.
- Value justice, fairness – Definitely yes. I strongly dislike injustices being made. I observe what’s going on in the world today, and I feel disgusted by a lot of it.
- Enjoy finding the flaws in an argument – I do this a lot. In my personal life, it can even make people angry with me because I find their argument completely illogical.
- Could be described as reasonable, level-headed – I like to think so. I don’t make unreasonable arguments.
J – Judging
- Prefer to have matters settled – Yes. I don’t like to leave things open. So I strive to find out more and get to the bottom of things. This is very useful in terms of science, because I’m driven to find the answer. It also makes me incredibly curious about things. I love learning new things that’ll lead me to a conclusion.
- Think rules and deadlines should be respected – I find them to be reasonable. When I see someone disobeying the rules, I feel kind of dirty knowing that they’re breaking the rules. And this also means that the rule enforcers should also follow the rules. They are not above them.
- Prefer to have detailed, step-by-step instructions – Yes! I actually like reading instruction manuals for games. But for any procedure, I want everything detailed so I don’t leave anything out. I am very careful this way. This is also extremely important when doing science experiments. Everything must be followed exactly as described.
- Make plans, want to know what you’re getting into – Notice how I often write about my reading lists? I like to plan out what I’m going to read. My sister was just in Japan, and I enjoyed making plans with her.
Much of this is pretty accurate for me. In some cases, I do find that I agree with some aspects of the opposite personality trait, such as Sensing. I guess I see things in both ways. But you see, with these personality types, you usually aren’t 100% within each of these aspects. Everyone is a mix of personality types. I didn’t take down the percentages, but they were between 25 and 75% for each aspect.
If you’re curious about your own personality type, you can take the quick and free test here. When you’re done, leave a comment with your personality type. I’m very interested to see the results (as you should probably now be able to guess after reading this post).
I saw this video tonight, and I just had to share it. This is astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining what the most astounding fact is about the Universe. I agree. It is quite amazing. Please watch and comment.
I’m back! It was a great week with my sister, but it was far too short. The time went by so quickly, I can’t believe it’s already finished. We did so much, but we needed more time to do everything we wanted.
I felt a kind of rejuvenation with her visit. We went to so many places I’ve been before, but also a few new experiences. On our first day, we visited Kamakura, and while we only visited three of the five places we’d planned, it was a great day. The second day was a slightly rainy day in Yokohama with most objectives completed. The third day was a complete change from our original plan because of the rain, but we had a good time. We went to Odawara to see Odawara Castle, and we also ate sashimi. We’d planned to go to Enoshima Aquarium, but my daughter had a different idea: diarrhea. We went straight home. Monday was our first day in Tokyo, and we visited the beautiful Koishikawa Kourakuen, the busy and fascinating Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, and then Tokyo Tower around sunset. My sister got to experience the packed subways during rush hour, too. On our fifth day, we went back to Tokyo and saw Ueno Zoo. My sister got to see the panda, which was on her bucket list. On our final full day, it rained heavily, but we got to visit a couple great museums in Tokyo. First was the Edo-Tokyo Museum, one of my favourites. The other was the Tokyo National Museum, which was so big, we only had time to see a quarter of it. I really want to go back to see the rest.
I took nearly 500 pictures, but my sister took more than 1500. This is just a quick sample.
Odawara Castle in the rain with a couple cosplayers in front.
I’ve gotten a lot out of her visit. One is a renewed appreciation for Japan’s culture and history. It’s also inspired me to work hard on developing new cultures for the far distant future of Ariadne and my fantasy projects. I also got a new computer. I still have to set everything up, but I can now write in Word, which will be incredibly useful. It’s about the same size as my Toshiba, but lighter. I’m going to be taking this computer places to work on my writing.
I’m going to apologise in advance now. Be prepared for a flood of blog posts over the next couple days. I only have the rest of today and tomorrow off before going back to work. I have a lot to write about, including three book reviews. Keep checking back!
I’ve been enjoying my holiday with my sister for the past few days, and we’ve been very busy. We’ve seen many places I’ve been to before, but also a couple new ones. But not all is well.
I accidentally tripped while going up the stairs in Shinjuku Station while carrying my daughter (don’t worry, she’s okay) and landed hard on my left knee. It is bruised deeply, and it sure does hurt a lot. Today was a bit of a short day. We only visited one place, then decided to come back home. So, we have a bit of a downtime tonight to relax. I have a new computer, and it’s going to take some time to get used to Windows 8. Visually, in desktop mode, it’s much like Windows 7, but I have to get used to the fact that many features are accessed through apps.
There are only 2 more days left in my sister’s visit, so we need to make the most of it. I’ll return to regular posting later this week.
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Tagged blog, family, vacation