I noticed a new sign in the city of Handa, near where I work, indicating sea level. In a addition to Japanese, I was surprised the sign provided information in English and Spanish.Tokai fault. The sign is meant to serve as a warning. In the event of an earthquake, a tsunami might happen and I need to find higher ground quick, if I happen to be in the area. Higher ground is about a 3 minute bike ride or 10 minute walk. The way the sign is position, you can only see during your move to higher ground.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The previous post described the best way to get mochi (gather in a crowd people, catch the mochi when other people throw it at you). I was able to collect about a kilo of mochi, now it's time to eat.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
For the second time, I revisited the Doburoku festival located on the south side of Aichi, like the first visit they were serving free sake and monsters were smacking the evil out of kids.
Below, these two were dancing to live music inside one of the shrines.
Last time, I left Doburoku around 1pm because there were other events going on and I was unaware of the 3pm throwing of mochi (Japanese rice ball).
The aggressive behavior of getting mochi was not really a big deal to me, I was larger than most people around me, I was able to maintain myself. I did have one issue though, the mochi is really hard, kind of like little rocks. When they first started to throw the mochi, I was not quite ready and one brick hit me in the left-eye. I was lucky, I did not get a black-eye.
Here is a panorama photo to get an idea how many people were fighting for mochi. I think most people in the crowd got mochi too.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
For the first time in a long time I participated in a 'chip time' 5K, my first timed run in Japan. This race was actually a 25K relay, over 750 teams of five people each, each person responsible for 5K.
The relay was held in a large park east of Nagoya called Mori-koro, the site of the 2005 World Expo. Many Japanese companies sponsor internal sports competition where coworkers train throughout the year to compete against each other, running and baseball are popular. In this case, most of the 750+ teams were from a single large corporation in Japan and the large company invited us to join. This was the first time I took part in an event like this, and I guess they did not fear the extra competition. And they were right, we were slow, my official chip was 26:23 and our team time was 2:04:01.... but good enough to finish in the top 89%. I was last to run for our team, when I was passed that baton, other team's 5th runners were all ready passing the finish line.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
This past Thursday was the city of Nagoya first snow of 2012.
By Saturday morning, most of the snow was melted.