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Monday, July 18, 2011

Days 1208 - 1214 Sunday, July 10, 2011 - Saturday, July 16, 2011

Days 1208 - 1214
Sunday, July 10, 2011 - Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 1208 ( Earthquake #15 ... 7.3 )
Sunday, July 10, 2011

I was sitting quietly in my apartment then suddenly the place started to shake. This time my phone gave me absolutely no warning whatsoever. This one was also around the area where the very big earthquake happened on March 11 this year and it was in the sea as well. My phone application probably thought because the epicenter was so far away, we wouldn't have felt it here. But we did.

Here is the news about the earthquake:

Areas in northeastern Japan hard hit by the March 11 mega earthquake and ensuing tsunami were jolted again Sunday morning by a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 9:57 a.m. quake, which registered 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in parts of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures including an area in the Iwate capital of Morioka.

A warning for tsunami of up to 50 cm was issued for Pacific coastal areas of the three prefectures immediately after the quake, but was lifted at 11:45 a.m. after 10-cm tsunami waves were observed at Ofunato port in Iwate at 10:44 a.m. and at Soma port in Fukushima at 11:11 a.m., while another 10-cm tsunami reached Ofunato port at 11:20 a.m., according to the agency.

It was the first time tsunamis were actually observed in Japan since the March 11 disaster.




Day 1209 ( Shippu / Mice that chirp like birds? )
Monday, July 11, 2011

I started using this thing on my foot which was recommended by one of the English supporters. It is this medicated thing known as a shippu which is used to wrap around the swollen or painful area.
Yeah my foot is still slightly swollen after about a week. I think its because I haven't been resting it enough. I have to walk and take the train everywhere now.

Chirping mice

A group of researchers at Osaka University has genetically engineered mice so that they sing like birds.

Studying the effects of the chirping sound on other mice could promote research into the evolution of mammalian verbal communications, said Arikuni Uchimura, an assistant professor of the university located in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

The team discovered a mouse tweeting like a bird when they were breeding mice genetically engineered to produce frequent mutations.

The chirping has continued through more than eight generations of mice.

Computer tomography imaging shows that a section of the throat in the "singing mice" is thinner than in mice that haven't been genetically altered.



Day 1210
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Had dinner with a friend of mine today. I also did some final preparations for my first private student tomorrow. That was pretty much my day.


Day 1211 ( English Conversation Student )
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Went to the main Yokohama station and started searching for the location where I should meet my student. The area is a mall of sorts known as Bay quarter. I found the location of the place relatively quickly. About 10 mins after finding the location, my student showed up. This will be a self introduction lesson of sorts so it should run smoothly.

She studied some sort of industrial technology stuff at a top university in Japan but her first job she didn't like it. So she went back to an academy to study architecture for 2 years. Now she is working as an assistant architect. Her English is very good, so all she need is to have conversations in English to sharpen her skills.

I think this self introduction lesson went pretty well. Afterwards, she gave me some advice about updating my profile on teacher-student.com where she found out about me. Since most Japanese persons don't know that we speak English in Jamaica, she told me to add something about English being the official language of Jamaica.


Day 1212 ( X-men First class )
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Went to watch X-men first class at 9:40 pm at a theater not to far from where I am. It wasn't so bad at all. I give it a 7/10... I didn't like some of the acting in it, but I enjoyed the storyline, the action and the whole CGI effects thing it had going on.


Day 1213 { Earthquake #16... 5.6 / Heat stroke in Japan on the Rise}
Friday, July 15, 2011

The English helper person for today at this school, is the president of the PTA. I see her quite often at the school asking questions and querying stuff. Her face gave me the impression that she didn't really like anyone around. But after getting to know her she was really helpful and supportive. She didn't speak much English though.

In the evening I felt another earthquake, this one was on land and it was the heaviest one I felt so far being here. I have pretty much gotten used to them though, even though they are scary.

Heatstroke deaths quadruple as nation shuns air conditioners

Deaths from heatstroke quadrupled in the early part of summer as temperatures rose and air conditioners were switched off in line with government appeals to curb electricity usage to avoid power blackouts.

News photo
Slow roast: Men use fans in Tokyo on Tuesday as temperatures in eastern Japan, including Tokyo, soar. BLOOMBERG

From June 1 to 10, 26 people died from heatstroke, compared with six in the same period last year, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The number of people taken by ambulance to hospitals for heatstroke more than tripled to 12,973, with 48 percent in the most-at-risk group aged 65 years or older.

"There's a risk the number of patients will continue to rise if people stop using air conditioners at home," said Yasufumi Miyake, associate professor at Showa University Hospital, who led a nationwide study of heatstroke. "Elderly people are the most vulnerable as they try to tough it out."



Day 1214 ( New External HD / Japan Won Women's World Cup )
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Because my old external hard drive crashed. I decided today to purchase a new one. This time I bought a 1.5 Tera byte HD.

Japan takes Women's World Cup in penalty kicks

Saki Kumagai completed a fairytale finish with the decisive spot kick as Japan stunned favorites the United States 3-1 on penalties to win the Women's World Cup for the first time after a 2-2 draw in extra time in Sunday's final in Frankfurt.

Homare Sawa strikes a victory pose after the Japan team wins the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 in Frankfurt
Homare Sawa strikes a victory pose after the Japan team wins the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 in Frankfurt, triumphing over the U.S. in penalty kicks. Sawa was named the game's MVP and received the Golden Ball award. KYODO PHOTO

Tournament MVP Homare Sawa forced penalties with an equalizer in the second extra period as Japan twice came from behind, and goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saved two penalties in the shootout before Kumagai buried the winner.

"I'm both delighted and surprised," said Kumagai. "I just hit the ball as hard as I could."

The world title, Japan's first at any level and the first by an Asian team, also provided a welcome lift to a country still reeling from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the northeast coast, triggering an ongoing nuclear crisis.

Victory was also first in 25 meetings with the Americans, who were gunning for their third World Cup title after their victories in 1991 and 1999.


@professor Yamauchi... Thanks for explaining about that bug. I have never seen that green colour before.

1 comment:

Kiyoshi Yamauchi/http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kiyoyama_2005/ said...

You are welcome, Dave!
Please be careful about earthquakes and heat stroke!

Have a wonderful summer too!