Earthquake Damage in Shizuoka City


November 11th, 2009. Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Oote Machi. Taken by R-G. M.

The wall/rampart surrounding Sumpu Castle in Shizuoka City collapsed in three places after the recent earthquake (M6).
Solar and Wind Energy Clock

September 2nd, 2008. Shizuoka City, Aoi-Ku, Hontori. Taken by R-G. M.

This clock is apparently using both solar and wind energy!

July 13th, 2008. Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Chiyoda. Taken by R-G. M.

Interesting ecological thinking. That house is actually selling its excess electricity!


February 27th, 2008. Shizuoka City, Oote machi. Taken by R-G. M.

A way to replace a sore sight (vacant land in the very middle of the city) with another sore sight!



February 1st, 2007. Shizuoka Shi, Aoi-Ku, Asabata. Taken R-G. M.

When work stops because of (planned?) bad policy!
Criminal Stupidity

September 18th, 2007. Shizuoka City, Aoi-Ku, Chiyoda. Taken by R-G. M.

As I bicycled past a rice paddy just a few hundred metres from my home, I had to stop when I noticed the dry cut rice stems burning unchecked. Someone had lit the pile of dry husks and left without bothering any further. Obviously the fire caught the very dry straw covering the field and was dangerously approaching a parked tractor and a hay stack only a metre away from private property.
I asked nighbours to call the fire brigade, the police or the owner of the field. Everyone escaped saying, « I don’t know », « I can’t help you » or « None of my business ».
I was becoming really worried as the tempearture of the day exceded 30 degrees with a dry breeze blowing.
Fortunately a retired man in his van stopped too. We did not lose any further time and started stomping on the flames. But we coulkd not extinguish the pile of dry husks and fire was regularly catching again.
My companion finally managed to find the owner of the paddy over his cell phone and a middle-aged woman came to help us douse the lot with water taken in buckets from the ditch running behing the field.
She asked my name. I replied it was ok and to be careful. About time I made myself scarce.
Mental Smoking


September 27th, 2007. Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Yuto. Taken by R-G. M.

The one who wrote certainly needs plenty more of smoking for his mental state!
Bears in Shizuoka City?


July 31st, 2007. Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shizuhata. Taken by R-G. M.

Found this sign just before entering way up to Fudo No Taki Waterfalls along the Abe River. Bears have not only been sighted but have caused damage!
Ecological Nightmare


july 31st, 2007. Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shizuohata. Taken by R-G. M>

What happens when the Government decides to build a road across the scenic Abe River
Blue Slums



June 20th, 2007. First pic, south side, second pic, north side of Mariko Bridge, Abe River, Shizuoka City. Taken by R-G. M.
Brain Smoke?


April 20th, 2007. Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-cho. Taken by R-G. M

What happened when someoneone’s eyes were blurred by all that smoke!


February 3rd 2007,Shizuoka City, Mizuho (from my window) by lojol

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