Jay Dee in Japan is 5 Years Old

It was 5 years ago today that I made my first post on this blog, way back in 2009.  I can’t believe it’s been that long.  Now, there are more than 500 posts and more than 73,000 views.  I’m hoping for another 5 years on this blog, even if I’m no longer living in Japan.  I still have tons of photos to post.

Here is my original blog post.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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Vlogging in Japan

It’s been a while.  No, I haven’t forgotten this blog.  Just been incredibly busy with my writing and book blog.  However, I have started something new.  Vlogging.  I’m making videos on YouTube, and many of them will be about Japan.  So, please enjoy these videos and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Here is my announcement video:

And here I take a quick look at rice fields with a surprise from my daughter.

And finally, I made a short video about Guarana Soda.  Have you ever tried it?  Actually, have you ever seen it?

Let me know what you think.

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3/11

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.

Comments are always welcome!

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sorry I haven’t been posting much in the latter half of the year.  I’ve been very busy with another blog of mine, and will be getting back to doing Exploring Japan, as well as working on Japan by Train.  Look for more great stuff in 2014!

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Is It a Jet? No! It’s a Meteor!

Jay Dee:

I’m pretty sure I saw a fireball in the sky tonight. I saw it around Fujisawa.

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

I was walking to a local takeout store for dinner tonight when I saw something flying across the sky.  It was very bright and moving quite quickly.  It seemed to be moving faster than a low-flying jet, but I couldn’t hear anything.  There’s an American air base near where I live, but it was going the wrong direction.  The base is to the north, not the northwest.  And then I realised, it’s a meteor!  And then what happened?  It disappeared.

It was quite likely part of the Geminid meteor shower.  I’ve seen meteors before, but nothing like this. Usually, they’re just a speck of dust that appear, make a brief streak in the sky, then disappear in less than a second.  This was in the sky for a good 4 or 5 seconds.  It wasn’t a little one, either.  It was a fireball.  It makes me wonder if it landed…

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Public Toilets Can Be Very Public

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using a public washroom in a public park in Japan, then you’ll understand these pictures.

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The view from the urinal.

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The view from outside. I used the urinal in the middle of the doorway.

Some public washrooms in Japan are so public that anyone could walk by and see you taking a pee.

If you want to know something even worse, try using the public washroom at Kinomiya Station in Atami.  It’s unisex.  One wall has many urinals, while on the opposite wall are toilet stalls.  Men and women both use this washroom.  Also, the doorways are so big that the entire inside of the washroom is visible from the ticket gates for the station.  Anyone can see the men taking a pee.

Also, you may be surprised when in the public men’s washroom anywhere in Japan when a female cleaner comes in without making sure it’s empty.  And it seems no one cares if she’s in there, either.

How would you feel in this situation?

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Japan Photo Blogs

When I started this blog in 2009, I intended it to be a way to save my photos online.  I haven’t even done 10% of my photos, and I haven’t been very active recently on this blog.  I have, however, been very active on a couple other photo blogs.  I’ve mentioned them before, but I’d like to mention them again.

On Mainichi Dokodemo Photography, I post photos that I take wherever I am, and usually once a day.  I may do more, or I may miss a day once in a while, but I fairly consistently post a photo every day.  Recently are photos from the coast of Kamakura with some amazing views of Enoshima.  I highly recommend you follow that blog.

On 365 Rotations, I’m conducting an experiment where I take a photo from 3 locations every day and post them.  I also do a weekly photo from 6 other locations.  Now, this is a limited time project, where I’m only posting photos for 1 year.  I’m 2 months away from finishing, but when I finish, I will compile all the photos into galleries, and hopefully as time lapse videos so you can see how each view changes over the year.  I started it in February this year, and then got to see the cherry trees bloom, everything turn green, and now all the leaves are changing colour.  What I’m hoping for this winter are some snow pictures.  But check it out and follow!

As for this blog, I have gotten back into doing Japan by Train, and I will return to doing the Exploring Japan series.  Things have become quite hectic for me, and I’ve been focusing on my book recently.  Please check out I Read Encylopedias for Fun, my main writing blog.  I have been posting there every day this month, and I plan to continue posting up to 7 days a week (or at least 5 days a week) from now on.

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