On Monday, Google released Memories for the Future
, a website that allows you to "... walk the scarred coastline [after the Japanese tsunami] virtually". "... it is possible to see the full extent of the damage by finding an image in Street View and then clicking the “Before” and “After” links at the top to see how the earthquake and tsunami impacted that area.
" The Japan Real Time blog has a good introduction and writeup
The Japanese word kōgei
(also as kougei
) [工芸], basically translates as 'crafts', or even 'handicrafts'. In many places in the world, such products are generally considered as something lesser than 'arts'. In Japan however ... Please meet Mr. Lionel Dersot, Tokyo resident for 25+ years, who is ready to take you on a (bilingual) survey of some wonderful work in the field, both old and new, at his blog 'The Daily Kogei
' - Un petit détour bilingue dans l'artisanat japonais et bien plus, diffusé de Tokyo
The 'problem'? A perceived spate of recent knife crime in Japan:
The 'solution'? Revise the 'Firearm and Sword Control Law' to ban possession of daggers and other double-edged knives with blades 5.5 cm or longer
The 'result'? Pocket knife lands tourist, 74, in lockup, with nine days in a holding cell.
Two other American tourists were arrested that same day at the same koban (police box) ...