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3rd East Japan Earthquake Charity Event in Orache, Kannnami Cho!

On the 9th of March the 3rd East Japan Earthquake Charity Event was held in Orache in Kannnanmi Cho under the direction of Mr. masamichi Ogawa, owner/Chef of Gawa French Restaurant in Mishima City!
The official title and motto of the event actually is: 僕達が頑張っている!/(WE don’t give up!) We try our best!

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Orache is a big complex producing dairy products and craft beers!
They kindly lend their great space in Kannamich Cho (just between Atami and Mishima Cities!).
It has achieved a great reputation with their products all over the Prefecture after only an existence of 12 years or so.

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Welcome to Orache!
It is a bit away from Kannami JR Station and you don’t have your own car, it is a good idea to share the taxi!

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You are in a spot right between Mount Fuji and Izu Peninsula!

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A great place to start a car tour from!

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I discovered the famous Pizza Bus from Shimoda I already found in Shizuoka City!

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A very interesting organic food stand for dogs!

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The regular series of craft beers at Orache!
Incidentally Orache was the first brewery officially recognized by the Japanese Government for producing organic beer!

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A limited brew for the season!
Of course I took a bottle back to Shizuoka City!

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there were all kinds of performances held especially for kids by more than more than 18 performers or groups as many visitors came with their whole families (and dogs!)!

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Orache keeps all kinds of animals on their premises: Sheep, goats, cows,….

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Ducks!

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Even a human cow!

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It can be cold country there, so they have a special space called “Flower Greenhouse”!

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All kinds of activities were held for kids and adults alike there!

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One of my favorite Japanese manga characters: Totoro!

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All great vegetables sold in Orache all year long have an interesting story of environmental cooperation!

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orache is located in an area called Tanna which also bears a deserved nickname, “Windy Valley”, which is also the name of the craft beers!

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When they first came to Tanna, they found farmers toiling for very little in a harsh environment with prevailing winds and poor soils.

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A big dairy and beer company produces a lot of organic refuse which can be used as great natural fertilizer.
So Orache has been contributing all this excellent fertilizer for free to all neighboring farmers!

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No wonder vegetables have achieved such a good name in so little time!
Visitors to the dairy/brewery, especially on week ends go back with plenty of them in their cars!

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Great beauties sold at ridiculously low prices!

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Antique dairy tools for the buffs!

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Mini bonsai and gardens on sale!
50% of all profits from the participants’ sales were donated to help people in Fukushima prefecture!

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Foodstuffs and organic leeks by a Mishima City Chinese Restaurant!

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Chicken karaage, the Japanese soul food!

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Caravin Restaurant stand who came all the way from Shizuoka City!
I actually helped them sell their mutton hot dogs!

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They were also selling meat sauce gnocchi! All their food was sold out by 13:30!

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Quite a few Mishima City restaurants had their stands there, too!

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Angel hair candy!

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Orache’s BBQ!

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French galette/pancakes by Cream Restaurant in Mishima City!

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Being French myself, I couldn’t help buy one!

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Great Bagels with Il Cocciuto Restaurant in Mishima City!

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Bentos!

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Omu Raisu/Japanese rice omelets!

Well done, gals and guys!

ORACHE

419-0105 Kannami Cho (south of Mishima City), Tanna, 349-1
〒419-0105 静岡県田方郡函南町丹那349-1
Tel.: 055-974-4192
Business hours: 09:00~17:30
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Tsunami Hitting Mount Fuji!

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I reckon I had a hard time choosing the title and might risk some complaints!

I found this sign near the harbor of Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, famous for its cherry shrimp/sakura ebi fishermen!
It a zone particularly sensitive to tsunami although escape would be far easier than in large cities.
Mount Fuji looking over the tsunami was too good to ignore!
Note the sakura ebi design!

The text says: “Earthquake! Tsunami! Take refuge immediately!”

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Fukushima: The Aftermath

Next Sunday will see the anniversary of another catastrophe which happened on the 11th day of a month, namely the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami also called 東日本大震災 in Japanese which wrecked havoc on the nuclear plants in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture.

A lot has been said, written, filmed and argued about it, but only recently the true images of this sad event are emerging.

I live in Shizuoka City in supposedly the most dangerous zone in Japan when it comes to earthquakes and tsunamis and I have been living through a few of them for the nearly 36 years I have spent in this region, arguably one of the richest in Japan.

ABOUT THE MEDIA COVERAGE

I had just arrived in New Caledonia when the earthquake struck.
The pictures and videos shown on French were that of an apocalypse and repeated at nauseam. Frankly speaking, I believed it was the end of Shizuoka until I noticed in small letters on the screen that Miyagi Prefecture had been hit instead.
We called relatives in Shizuoka who answered that although they did feel the tremors there was no danger there.
Fortunately we had come to New Caledonia through the Kanku (Osaka) Airport, so coming back to Japan was not a problem.
On the other hand the situation at Haneda and Narita Airports was hectic to say the least.
As soon as we arrived some expats asked me why I came back… “Sorry, mate, but this is my home!”…
Naturally the media, Japanese and foreign, were in a frenzy with contradicting, when not outrageously inept reports.
I lost most of my respect and trust for the TV media in particular when I saw Alain de Calvron, a “senior and most respected” reporter for TV Channel France 2 reporting “live” on Fukushima from Osaka (750 km away!) from second or third hand news…!
The media had a scoop and they were going to make the most of it…

THE EMBASSIES REACTION

Of course I found my mail box bombarded with all kinds of messages…
The French Embassy was urging me no less than to evecuate Shizuoka Prefecture (450 km away from Fukushima…) and possibly either momentarily move west or even back home. I was informed that some plane seats were being readied (at a price…) by the French Embassy in case I wished to go back home. I found later that the 900 French nationals who left were for the most related to the staff of the French Embassy…
On the other hand, we were ceaselessly told that volunteers at the Embassy were working like heroes to ensure the safety of their compatriots and their families…
Later when things calmed down and people started realizing that all was not as relatively bad as some people would make us believe, the French Embassador announced officially on TV, Internet media and in personal messages that he and the Embassy should not be held responsible for the panic shown by many French nationals as they had only advised their compatriots to take precautions…
I will not say anythiong about the other Embassies here, or I would have to write a book!

THE PEOPLE OF TOHOKU

Tohoku people are hardy, and most probably the hardiest people in the Japan Archipelago, and their sheer tenacity, courage, resilience and toughness saved the day for the Japanese Government which is still dragging its feet…
I saw more people crying visiting the region than tears on the Tohoku citizens7 faces.
Had it been Tokyo with its large expat community and commuters it would been hell on earth…
We tend to forget what happened during the Great Kansai Earthquake in Kobe when people were seen setting fire to their houses to claim insurance money… Tohoku people are Japanese, but they are also an example for the whole of their country who should take heed in these days of easy life…
As I said the Government was and still is found wanting, but a lot of help came from citizens, Japanese and foreign alike, people who understood the pressing needs of struck fellow humans. I know many Pakistani and Indian and other Asian citizens from near and who immediately travelled by their own means to Fukushima and other struck areas to bring and cook food for free. Dominique Corby, the owner of Michelin-starred 6eme Sens Restaurant in Tokyo summoned help from his fellow chefs and also organised much-needed food on site. I had the occasion to talk to him later and he told me he couldn’t stop crying… he is presently organising an enormous Charity Dinner in Tokyo this month.

My good friend Pat at Think Twice is adding the following comment which I find poignantly to the poiint!
-The hardships of the people of Tohoku continue. Many thousands will probably never be able to return to their homes, and so many families have lost loved ones. The unimaginable sorrow experienced by so many people will be with them all their lives. The tireless work of the local people including city officials, medical staff, the police and firefighters, and even the SDF, continues despite the infighting and inaction of the national government. And there have been so many volunteers from all around the country trying to help in their own way. Help is still needed. Some towns were so devastated that they were faced with the equivalent of 20 years of garbage generated in one hour.
The situation in Tohoku remains bleak, but we can often see the children of Tohoku on TV programs, and there appears to be a sense of pride, a sense of strength in the new generation, many children seem mature beyond their years. It will take one or two generations before Tohoku is restored, but its future is in good hands

THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ACTIONS

Unfortunately there is not much I can say about that!
Kan (“No, he can’t!), the Prime Minister at the time (who was only too happy to pass the hand later), completely panicked to the point of telling all that his studies at University had not trained him to deal with such an occurence!
He left all comments, answers and actions to his subordinates with the express orders not to panic anyone by telling the truth… You should read what some well-informed magazines are at last uncovering about the guilty reaction of the government!
And during that time mayors and public servants who had lost families, friends and colleagues in the struck areas were trying hard to bring solace to their citizens…

TEPCO/TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY

A lot has been said about the sheer criminality of this Government-subsidized and protected private company.
A sole example should convince one and all that the people in charge of such a company should be jailed for life:
The wall surrounding/protecting the Fukushima Nuclear Plants was erected 5 meters lower than contracted to save money!

NUCLEAR RADIOACTIVITY

Of course (again), many foreign governments and “NPO’s” were quick to seize the opportunity in their endeavors to cease all producing public electricity with nuclear energy. I will not discuss whether nuclear energy is needed or not and will not answer comments pertaining to it. On the other hand, I would like to point out a few things to set the record straight:
-Since the advent of Chernobyl (and Three Mile Island) the Japanese Government had set the limit for acceptable radioactivity to 500 becquerels.
-European countries were adopting a higher limit of 1,800 becquerels until Fukushima when they hurriedly lowered their numbers to conform with the Japanese standards…
-The Japanese Government will set the limit to 100 becquerels for food this month. What is going to happen if the Japanese Customs decide to check all imported food?…
-Where does Germany buys its own electricity from?
-The Japanese have started drilling methane hydrate off their shores for a promising new source of energy while closing all nuclear plants. Unfortunately, there are such exploitable deposits only in Japan, Siberia, Canada and Gabon, and Japan is the only country capable of exploiting it so far…

HERE IN SHIZUOKA

As I said above Shizuoka Prefecture is considered the most earthquake and tsunami prone region in Japan and the only equipped with an official early-warning and research seismic center.
Shimada City and the Shizuoka Prefecture Government were the first this month to volunteer to burn debris from the affected areas in Tohoku first as a test case. If this proves to be a safe endeavor, it will continue on an accelerated basis.

THE GOOD NEWS: YES!

Cruise finds Fukushima pollution: Good News-Sea radiation levels near Fukushima are not harmful, by Jonathan Amos of the BBC!

Just found this article written by Jonathan Amos for the BBC

Marine organisms were collected for evaluation

Radioactive elements from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected in seawater and marine organisms up to 600km from Japan.

But the scientists who made the discovery stress the natural radioactivity of seawater dwarfs anything seen in their samples.

The results come from a research cruise in June last year led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

The initial findings were presented to the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting.

“Just because we can measure radioactivity doesn’t mean it’s harmful,” WHOI’s Ken Buesseler told the gathering in Salt Lake City.

“There’s a pretty good news story in here – that the levels [of radioactivity] offshore are not of significance to human health in terms of exposure, or even if you were to eat the seafood offshore,” he added.

CONTINUE HERE>>>
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This is unfortunately a very short commentary on this event concerning all, but I sincerely hope it has brought a few needed precisions and contributed to the truth.

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Cruise finds Fukushima pollution: Good News-Sea radiation levels near Fukushima are not harmful, by Jonathan Amos of the BBC!

Just found this article written by Jonathan Amos for the BBC

Marine organisms were collected for evaluation

Radioactive elements from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected in seawater and marine organisms up to 600km from Japan.

But the scientists who made the discovery stress the natural radioactivity of seawater dwarfs anything seen in their samples.

The results come from a research cruise in June last year led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

The initial findings were presented to the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting.

“Just because we can measure radioactivity doesn’t mean it’s harmful,” WHOI’s Ken Buesseler told the gathering in Salt Lake City.

“There’s a pretty good news story in here – that the levels [of radioactivity] offshore are not of significance to human health in terms of exposure, or even if you were to eat the seafood offshore,” he added.

CONTINUE HERE>>>

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April 4th: No radioactive emissions found in Shizuoka Prefecture

No radioactive emissions today! All agricultural products in Shizuoka Prefecture are safe.


Original Report

【 Environmental Radioactivity Measurements Results inside Shizuoka Prefecture】
□Tap water radioactivity determination (nuclide analysis) results
【Sampling collection locality: Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kita Ando】
Iodine 131: none
Cesium 137: none

□Radioactive fallout determination (nuclide analysis) results
【Sampling collection locality: Omaezaki City, Ikeshinden】
Sampling duration: April 3rd , 09:00~ April 4th, 09:00
【Observed radiation levels】
Iodine 131: none
Cesium 134: none
Cesium 137: none

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): The suddenly increased importance of Shizuoka

A Chinese meal served at Cham exclusively made up of vegetables, meat and seafood from Shizuoka.

Some numbers make you think twice, and even many more times in the present situation created by the recent catastrophes in North East Japan:
Shizuoka Prefecture (4,000,000 souls) is the only Prefecture in Japan capable to survive exclusively on its own food for a period of 6 months….

But Shizuoka naturally will not keep its food to itself!
But in the advent of the need to feed the enormous metropolis that Tokyo is, Shizuoka suddenly finds itself on the front line to produce food of all kinds to nourish the hungry capital and the rest of Japan.

I should know as I work for Agrigraph which is constantly fielding phone calls and e-mails requesting help to obtain more products from our Prefecture.

Incredible efforts are witnessed to help the battered Prefectures in the North East with basic commodities such as blankets, tents, fuel, toiletries and canned food.
Tomorrow Agrigraph will spend a whole day collecting new towels, tea bags (for hot drinks) and rice inside the Rousaikaikan, a hall that can welcome 300 people.

Shizuoka-grown organic vegetables served at Uzu.

Another worrying problem has surfaced when 4 food-producing Prefectures in the North did not pass the country’s strict radioactive limits (far too strict in my own view). Apart of the dire fact that a lot of people have lost their life earnings, Tokyo and the rest of Japan have to look elsewhere for food.
Shizuoka, being one of the rare Prefectures which can grow food all year, is already feeling the pressure for more produce.

At Agrigraph we are already helping with recruiting young and not so young farmers from the devastated North East to come and help Shizuoka farmers to satisfy the demand. This will allow farmers from the north east to earn money at a work they know for the help of their families back home.
We have already suggested to Governor Kawakatsu to accelerate the recruitment and to help exploit the 12,000 ha of good but unused farmland in our Prefecture.

Shizuoka organic vegetables served at Tetsuya Sugimoto

When one realizes that Shizuoka is not only celebrated for its vegetables and fruit, but also for its incredible seafood and more recently for its high-quality meat, the pressure will be nearly overwhelming to deliver to Tokyo instead of locally…
But the Japanese are wise. I’m sure they will find a way.
They deserve it!

Until then, let’s help them!

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Food collected by Mark & Kunie Thornton have reached Miyagi Prefecture!

Mark & Kunie/邦恵 Thornton with the fishermen from Yaizu City who volunteered to carry the food to Miyagi Prefecture!

Mark and Kunie packed their car with the 12 boxes full of food before driving all the way across the Prefecture to the harbor of Yaizu City!

The tuna fishing boat that transported mark and Kunie’s donations among all the help from Shizuoka Prefecture!

The name of the boat to remember: Wakaba Maru No 5 Yaizu!
“Wakaba” is the actual name of the boat. “Maru” means “round” and “boat”. Yaizu is the calling port.

Everyday heroes brave the sea and elements (and others) to bring help!

In spite of all the hardships there are thousands (and more) people deeply aware of what’s needed in times of crisis.
It is those “little gestures” that make this world a little easier to live in!

Mark, Kunie, gals and lads and all the fishermen that braved the elements, a profound thanks to all and from all once again!

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Food collected by Mark & Kunie Thornton on its way to Miyagi Prefecture!

Mark & Kunie/邦恵 Thornton!

Message from Mark and Kunie:

Dear All,

It was great to meet you all yesterday! In the end we had more than 40 people donate items, and filled 12 boxes. So we think it was a big success!

We took all the goods to Yaizu today, and went to see the ship that will take them. So looks like everything will get to the people that need it.

In spite of all the hardships there are thousands (and more) people deeply aware of what’s needed in times of crisis.
It is those “little gestures” that make this world a little easier to live in!

Mark, Kunie, gals and lads, a profound thanks to all and from all once again!

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Mark & Kunie Thornton Collecting Food In Numazu City!

Mark & Kunie/邦恵 Thornton!

Baird Brewery Fishmarket Taproom

It all started with an earthquake happening before a wedding ceremony!
Mark (from York, England) and Kunie (from Shizuoka Prefecture) were supposed to celebrate their long due wedding ceremony on Sunday march 20th when all had to be postponed after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the north east of Japan.

Numazu City Fishing Harbor

Mark’s family just couldn’t come, and he and his gentle wife were left with an empty date.
But it takes more to rock those two off their feet.
If they couldn’t celebrate their wedding yet, they could make this momentous day a very useful one.

Baird Beer!

There is a great place in Numazu City called the Fishmarket Taproom where Bryan Baird brews his beers (he even had one ready for Mark and Kunie’s wedding party!) under the vaunted name of Baird Beer, which has recently been rewarded with international rewards.

Baird Beer’s labels!

Now Kunie has relatives (a cousin among them) in Yaizu City.
Yaizu City (with Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) is one of the main tuna fishing harbors in Japan, a calling port for all tuna fishing boats including those from Miyagi Prefecture, the most devastated area in the recent earthquake.

Our heroes and Taproom’s staff!

Fishing boats are already busy collecting food and other necessities for Miyagi Prefecture. Mark and Kunie thought they could add a little contribution of their own to turn that fated Sunday into a day to remember for a useful and much needed purpose.

With the help of the staff, including Chris Madera, they thought up a simple project:
Call all friends on Facebook and ask them to bring canned and tinned food (and others) directly to the Taproom from 12:00 on Sunday 20th. A great idea in its simplicity as canned food can last almost indefinitely and be warmed up for hot meals!

They announced other efforts already on the way!

Yes, charity does cost money, even through the Red Cross, but everyone donated without a fuss and socialized for a very long drink.

And the donations started coming!

View of the Taproom

Donators from all countries busy ordering!

Half the donators were Japanese.
Talk of international cooperation!

It soon got crowded and we were still early in the afternoon.

And donations kept piling up!

What can make you happier than providing a little help?

A well-done job needs a toast!

In spite of all the hardships there are thousands (and more) people deeply aware of what’s needed in times of crisis.
It is those “little gestures” that make this world a little easier to live in!

Mark, Kunie, gals and lads, a profound thanks from all!

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Making the Most of Cancelled Events!

Solliciting Celebrities’ appeal!

Many events in Shizuoka have been cancelled as respect for the victims of the catastrophic earthquake which jolted Japan on March 11th.
This week-end should have seen two days of Shizuoka Flower Fest.

This Saturday and Sunday, the SBS/Shizuoka Broadcasting Services Radio has decided to appeal to everyone for donations from 10:00 to 17:00 to help the victims of the East Japan Earthquake as it has been officially named.

The City had already erected numerous tents and booths in Gofuku Street and Aoba Park in Shizuoka City and left them standing for the appeal.

SBS TV and Radio appealing for donations.

The Shizuoka Spring Festival, the biggest event of its kind in Shizuoka City, due to occur on April 1st~3rd has been cancelled and money donations will be called for again on a big scale.

“Charity Booth”

Unfortunately once again “politicians” were not up to the task (it seems to be, but for some rare exception a global disease…).
Instead of postponing the campaign, the candidates for the Mayor election due to occur in a few weeks decided to proceed spending no less than 18,000,000 yen of official subsidies (txpayers’ money): 180,000 Euros or 280,000 US $!
Shame on them!
They ought to look up to Governor Kawakatsu…

Selling goods for money donations.

More booths with disaster photos and official maony collection.

Let’s forget these people who call themselves the servitors of people and do what we can!

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011):Collecting Money at Beer No Yokota Bar!

-Service: very friendly
-Facilities: very clean
-no-smoking-logoNon-smoking!
-Strong points: The beer!

Shizuoka People know what it is like to suffer from earthquakes and other seisms and they do take it with a bit of fatality and a pinch of wisdom.
But they certainly don’t forget their compatriots in need in other regions of Japan.
All kinds of spontaneous money collections are occuring, small or big.

One of them has been going on since the very beginning at Yokota No Beer Bar!

No frills, no fanfare, just a cut whisky box with a hand-written sign appealing for charity!
Anyone can have a look at the money inside.
No worry, nobody will steal it!
The money will go regularly to the Red Cross.
That’s all!

Wisdom, fortitude, concern? Take your pick!

Beer No Yokota
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-Cho, 2-5-22, Social Kadode bldg 2F (behind the City Hall)
Tel.: 054-255-3683
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00 (15:00~24:00 on Saturdays)
Closed on Thursdays
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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011) Panic-buying abating in Shizuoka

(Cheap brand) bread gone…

The past week has been marked by some panic-buying, especially in Tokyo, but here in Shizuokka people are slowly becoming more reasonable in spite of the fears provoked mainly by foreign media and alarmist Embassies who haven’t realized that their apocalypse announcements have been closely watched by Japanese viewers.

No so many instant noodles gone yet.

Shizuoka is nonetheless the most earthquake-prone area in Japan, but its citizens are gradually accepting the situation with a lot of calm in spite of their private concerns.

Still more than half of the larger instant noodle meals left.

I paid a visit to the nearest Shizutetsu store, part of a local mega supermarket chain to have an idea for myself of the situation.

Half of the protein biscuits gone. They are French…

Interestingly enough only 3 types of merchandise were sought after:
Toilet paper, Fresh bread and instant noodles.

Breads and cakes almost gone…

I understand the buying of toilet paper and instant noodles, but fresh bread? How long can you keep it?

Plenty of juice, milk and yoghurt left.

No panic for fruit and vegetables!

Maybe bananas are going faster…

Stacke of meat and fish.

I hope that my friends abroad will understand that the Japanese are markedly wiser in the event of a major catastrophe!

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