Tag Archives: Japan

Tsunami escape pod

Here is a tsunami survival pod that is selling in a Japanese department store. Sorry fatties, you’re SOL. Via Reddit.


Pepsi Cheetos

A new flavor of Cheetos are available in Japan.

Pepsi Cheetos


Big in Tokyo


Suicide Forest in Japan

suicide forest image

Culturally fascinating and deeply disturbing. The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai [The Black Forest, written by Seichō Matsumoto in 1960] was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Harley-Davidson washed ashore from last year’s Japanese tsunami

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle that washed ashore on B.C.’s west coast may have drifted across the Pacific after being carried out to sea by last year’s devastating Japanese tsunami. The Maritime Museum of BC has developed an online project on Facebook that aims to collect photos of flotsam that has washed ashore from this tsunami. You can see images here. Very interesting.

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle lies on a beach in Graham Island in this picture taken by Canadian Peter Mark in the end of April 2012 and released by Kyodo

Photograph by: Kyodo, Reuters

A motorcycle that washed ashore on B.C.'s west coast may have drifted across the Pacific after being carried out to sea by last year's devastating Japanese tsunami.  Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Harley+Davidson+that+drifted+coast+after+Tsunami+being+returned+owner+Japan/6575303/story.html#ixzz1uICqKXio

Photograph by: CBC

Read more for the story here. 

It must have felt like the world was ending

Yu Muroga was doing his job making deliveries when the 8.11 earthquake hit. Unaware, like many people in the area, of how far inland the tsunami would travel, he continued to drive and do his job after the earthquake struck. The HD camera mounted on his dashboard captured not only the earthquake but also the moment he and several other drivers were suddenly engulfed in the tsunami.

He escaped from the vehicle seconds before it was crushed by other debris and sunk underwater. His car and the camera have only recently been recovered by the police. The camera was heavily damaged but a video expert was able to retrieve this footage.



December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.

pearl harbor Radiogram

Radiogram to military installations.

On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, was attacked by Japan. In less than 2 hours, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was devastated, and more than 3,500 Americans were either killed or wounded. The incident triggered a mobilization for war. On December 8, the United States declared war against Japan; on December 11, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States.

This small, short document symbolizes and foreshadows the events and world climate that would define the last half of the twentieth century.
(via National Archives)

Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II

During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a possible Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air. Here are the pictures.

Lockheed - Before

Lockheed - Before

Lockheed - After

Lockheed - After

Lockheed was set up like a movie studio production. They had fake houses, trees, etc. and moved parked cars around so it looked like a residential area from the skies overhead.

The net over the plant was strong enough to walk on. Lockheed hired people to ride bicycles and move around as if they lived there to make it look authentic.

Employee cars parked under the net to avoid being seen from planes above.

*Original photo sources unknown. Info on this can be found all over the web.

How to celebrate total death and destruction

On 6th August 1945, a B29 bomber dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima.

It has been estimated that over the years around 200,000 people have died as a result of this bomb being dropped.

Hmm, I wonder how we could celebrate this amazing use of military might? Wait, I know! Cake!

U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, his wife, and Rear Admiral Frank J. Lowry cut a cake made in the shape of a mushroom cloud at a reception for Operation Crossroads, November 6, 1946.


Original sounds of Japan earthquake heard underwater

The Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) recorded the sound of the earthquake that shook Japan on Friday, March 11. It was processed by LIDO (Listening to the Deep Ocean Environment). The signal has been accelerated 16 times so we humans can actually hear it. The spectrogram shows the intensity and frequency of the sound. Turn up your subs, close your eyes, and imagine the destruction. Click here to listen to the original recording.

Listening to the Deep Ocean Environment

LIDO underwater recording of the 9.0 Japan Earthquake