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    • Aso Shrine buildings collapse
      ASO, Kumamoto - Historically valuable building structures in Kumamoto Prefecture were seriously damaged by strong tremors from a huge earthquake that occurred early Saturday.


      At Aso Shrine in Aso in the prefecture, the roofed gate and hall of worship, which are designated by the government as important cultural properties, collapsed.

      The shrine is a well-known tourist spot, visited by a large number of people every year. It is famous for a traditional ritual known as Hifuri Shinji in which burning bundles of Japanese nutmeg tree branches are swung around.

      At Kumamoto Castle in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto, which is designated by the government as a special historic site, more parts of the stone walls were damaged. The original castle was built by Kato Kiyomasa, a warlord in the 16th to 17th centuries.

      Four structures that are designated by the government as important cultural properties collapsed and some other damage occurred at the castle.


      Edited by kinwashi 18 Apr `16, 8:32PM
    • News sources: the-japan-news.comKyodo
      Apr 18
      Food shortages worsened at shelters in Kumamoto Prefecture on Monday as tens of thousands remained evacuated from their homes after powerful earthquakes jolted southwestern Japan last week, while local administrative offices struggled to function due to the damage caused to their buildings. (Japan Today)
      Apr 18
      Police, the Self-Defense Forces and other authorities continued search and relief operations in Kumamoto Prefecture on Sunday, where 41 people have been confirmed dead in a series of strong earthquakes that have rocked the prefecture and other parts of the Kyushu region since Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)
      Apr 18
      The magnitude-7.3 earthquake that pounded Kumamoto Prefecture early Saturday was more powerful than a foreshock that struck two days earlier. (the-japan-news.com)
      Apr 18
      The operator of the Kyushu shinkansen bullet train line says the major earthquakes in southwestern Japan have caused extensive damage to tracks and stations. (NHK)
      Apr 18
      US Osprey aircraft have been transferred to western Japan to be used in relief flights in the country's southwest, which has been hit by a series of earthquakes. (NHK)
      Apr 18
      ASO, Kumamoto - Historically valuable building structures in Kumamoto Prefecture were seriously damaged by strong tremors from a huge earthquake that occurred early Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)
      Apr 18
      The government ratcheted up its disaster response efforts as devastation spread after another powerful earthquake hit Kumamoto Prefecture, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga joining other officials at the Prime Minister's Office early Saturday morning. (the-japan-news.com)
      Apr 17
      Rescue crews continue to search for the missing after two powerful earthquakes hit the southwestern island of Kyushu. (NHK)
      Apr 17
      The major earthquakes continuing to jolt areas in Japan's southwestern region have so far left a total of 41 people dead. (NHK)
      Apr 17
      The wooden home barely withstood the first earthquake. An even stronger one the next night dealt what might have been the final blow - if not to the house, then to the Tanaka family's peace of mind. (Japan Today)


    • Kumamoto Earthquakes

      Japan National Tourism Organization
      Updated: April 18, 2016, 18:00 JST

      On April 14th, 2016 at 9:26 pm (Local Time), a strong earthquake (Magnitude 6.5) occurred in the Kumamoto area of Kyushu, followed by the second one (Magnitude 7.3) on April 16th, 2016 at 1:25 am.

      Advisory from the Japan Meteorological Agency:
      Seismic activity in the Kumamoto prefecture and Oita prefecture areas in Kyushu is still ongoing. There is concern about buildings and houses collapsing, and landslides may occur. Remain aware of your surroundings and exercise caution regarding earthquakes as well as rainy weather, as the combination can be hazardous.


      1)Airport (as of April 18, 18:00 JST)

      Kumamoto Airport

      All flights to and from the Kumamoto Airport are cancelled on April 18 due to the damage of terminal building.

      All the other airports in Kyushu are in operation.


      2)Trains (as of April 18, 18:00 JST)

      JR Kyushu

      - Kyushu Shinkansen (Hakata – Kagoshima-Chuo) is NOT running.

      - Limited Express other than Shinkansen, D/S Trains

      The following trains are CANCELLED on April 18:

      * "Ariake"(Omuta - Nagasu)

      * "A-Train" "ASOBOY!" "Isaburo /Shinpei" "Kyushu Odan Tokkyu"

      * "B&S Miyazaki"(bus)

      The others are normal operation

      - Local Line

      Service is SUSPENDED in the following sections at the moment:

      * Kagoshima Line (Kumamoto - Yatsushiro)

      * Hohi Line (Kumamoto - Bungotakeda)

      * Hisatsu Line (Yatsushiro - Yoshimatsu)

      * Misumi Line (Uto - Misumi)

      Trains are RUNNING WITH a REDUCED NUMBER OF SERVICES in the following sector:

      * Kagoshima Line (Tosu - Kumamoto)

      Operation schedules may change subject to weather condition.

      Minamiaso Railways

      Service is SUSPENDED in its entire line at the moment.

      Hisatsu Orange Railways

      Service is SUSPENDED in the following section at the monent:

      * Higokouda - Yatsushiro

      Kumagawa Rail Road

      Normal operation.

      JR Kyushu : https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/trains/unkou.jsp (Japanese only)

      JR Kyushu : http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/news/news_list.jsp (English, Korean, Chinese)

      (*)Please note that the update time may be different in above site.

      Minamiaso Railway : http://www.mt-torokko.com/ (Japanese only)

      Hisatsu Orange Railways : http://www.hs-orange.com/ (Japanese only)

      Kumagawa Rail Road : http://www.kumagawa-rail.com/ (Japanese only)

      3)JR Kyushu Jet Ferry (as of April 18, 18:00 JST)

      Normal operation

      JR Kyushu : https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/trains/unkou.jsp (Japanese only)

      4)Expressways (as of April 18, 18:00 JST)

      The following sectors are CLOSED at the moment:

      * Kyushu Expressway (Ueki – Yatsushiro)

      * Central Kyushu Expressway (Kashima JCT- Mashiki)

      * Oita Expressway (Hiji JCT - Kusu)

      * Eastern Kyushu Expressway (Hayami - Beppu)

      http://ihighway.jp/pc/map/map.html?area_id=area_09 (Japanese only)

      Sightseeing Spots

      Kumamoto Castle (as of April 18, 18:00 JST)

      Kumamoto Castle will be closed from April 15th 2016.


      JNTO Tourist Information Center

      JNTO Tourist Information Center (TIC), open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, offers travel information in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese for visitors in Japan.


      Due to the earthquakes in Kumamoto, JNTO.TIC telephone service will also operate during the nighttime hours. (from 5:00 pm to 9:00 am)
      Service is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.


      "Safety tips", a push-enabled information alert app for foreign tourists

      This push-enabled smartphone app gives alerts for Earthquake Early Warning, Tsunami Warning, and other Weather Warning within Japan in English, Japanese, Hangul, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

      The app provides various functions useful for both foreign tourists and residents in Japan, such as Evacuation flowchart showing actions to be taken in the light of surrounding circumstances, Communication Card for obtaining information from people nearby, and Website Links that contain helpful information in the event of a disaster.

      Download the application from the following link.

      Android : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.rcsc.safetyTips.android

      iPhone : https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/safety-tips/id858357174?mt=8

      Get it on Google Play

      QR iPhone

      QR Android

      Safety tips for travelers

      Japan Travel Agency's "Safety tips for travelers" provides information to ensure safe travel for foreign tourists visiting Japan.

      The site contains links to other sites controlled by third-party information providers on weather information, weather warning & advisories, news, medical information, and list of embassies and consulates-generals in Japan.


    • So the below picture tell one and for all.

      Why there are so many live  Power cables on Japan streets from North to South,  Whole Japan Peninsula..

      You mentioned they are there overhead and above your head?

      What is the reason?

      Edited by kinwashi 19 Apr `16, 10:01PM
    • We don't see this over here,

      Live Power cables all around.

      What is the reason they are doing this over their streets building to buildings.


       This two pictures i took on Kagoshima street.

      Just to show why there are so many  live cables all around.


      Edited by kinwashi 19 Apr `16, 10:01PM
    • So the below is the reason why they are doing this?

      Travel as you Learn. 



      Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

      PP 4

      Something many visitors to Japan notice is the abundance of overhead power lines. Whether you’re in the suburbs, city center, or even rural communities, it’s rare to look up at the sky or towards the horizon without the view being crisscrossed by thick, black cables.

      So why does Japan have so many above-ground power grids when so many other countries have gone subterranean? The easy answer is cost, but there’re also some purported advantages to stringing cables up on poles, and the country hasn’t quite reached a consensus on which is the better option.


      Starting with the budgetary side of things, subterranean systems are a lot more expensive. With the added expenses of digging the ditches and properly installing the lines and conduits, the cost can balloon to ten times that of a comparably sized network of above-ground poles.

      Still, some contend that, economic advantages aside, this isn’t the place to cut corners. Since the mid-1980s, the Japanese government has been enacting initiatives to replace existing poles with underground lines. Not only do such moves please those who’re tired of power lines marring the scenery, there are even safety and durability benefits, as below-ground power grids are less exposed to the elements, making them resilient against wind and snow that can damage above-ground equipment.

      PP 1

      A further safety benefit has been observed during earthquakes, according to the NPONon-Pole Community. The organization says that during the Hanshin Earthquake that struck Kobe in 1995, neighborhoods with above-ground power lines were much more extensively damaged. Non-Pole Community’s Secretary Toshikazu Inoue also referred to toppled poles blocking roads and preventing emergency vehicles from swiftly reaching victims in the disaster’s aftermath.

      Still, the majority of Japan’s power grid remains above ground. One argument against subterranean systems has been put forward by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, orTEPCO. While the company itself has publicized the superior aesthetics and durability against wind and snow mentioned above, it also acknowledges certain advantages to the more common above-ground system. “In the events of flooding or landslides, it’s harder to isolate damaged areas of a subterranean system,” the company points out. “That can increase the amount of time necessary to restore power to damaged areas.”

      ▼ While not as common in Japan as earthquakes, landslides, like the one which occurredearlier this month in Hiroshima, can be devastating.

      PP 2

      TEPCO also mentions other, simpler roles performed by power poles, such as providing housing for street lights and posting space for maps or address markers, which can be extremely helpful in navigating towns in Japan, where only a minuscule fraction of streets have names.

      ▼ This pole in Saitama City informs passersby that they’re in Hori no Uchi Cho, and also gives the block address of 1-77.

      PP 3

      Reflecting the respective pros and cons of the two systems, Japanese Internet users are also unable to come to a consensus.

      “No matter how much money it takes, we should be taking down power lines! Let’s get started and keep on going!”
      “There’re places where they don’t look nice, but I think there’s a sort of rustic appeal to countryside towns with power line running above the buildings.”

      Regardless of how things go in the future, though, with only about 7 percent of Tokyo’s central 23 wards currently having subterranean power networks, and even less of Osaka, power lines, like vending machines and ramen joints, are going to be part of the Japanese urban landscape for some time to come.

      Sources: Ameba NewsJin
      Top image: Kato Sign
      Insert images: Wikipedia/NOAA, RocketNews24, OCN (edited by RocketNews24)

    • Sad to hear this today not possible to see this after the Earthquake,

      Just only last month we went there as a tourists.

      Things can happened just without notice.


      Kumamoto attraction





      Kumamoto Castle

      Kumamoto Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle located in Chūō-ku, Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture. It was a large and extremely well fortified castle. The castle tower (tenshukaku) is a concrete reconstruction built in 1960, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Kumamoto-jo was ranked number one in the "castle you want to go again” Trip Advisor Japan in 2013.

      The Main Towers
      The area around the main towers and the Hon-Maru Goten was destroyed by fire for three days before the Seinan Rebellion began. The cause of fire is unknown.The present main towers were rebuilt in 1960 to restore the castle's exterior.The larger main tower has 6 stories with a basement and about 30 meters above the stone fence,and the smaller main tower has 4 stories with a basement and about 19 meters in height. Exhibitions and historical relics of the tow ruling feudal families, the Kato's and Hosokawa's as well as of the Seinan Rebellion are housed in the tower buildings.

      There is a free shuttle bus for your convenience between Jousaien and the Kumamoto Castle "Hohoategomon Gate." It runs every 7 minutes and only takes 3 minutes. To use this service please wait at the Jousaien bus stop or the Hohotaegomon Gate bus stop.


      Edited by kinwashi 19 Apr `16, 10:18PM
    • Kumamoto  





      Edited by kinwashi 20 Apr `16, 8:23PM
    • Beloved mascot Kumamon's absence since quakes spurs Japan Twitter traffic
      JAPAN TIMES -- APR 20
      Kumamoto mascot Kumamon has been missing in the wake of last week's devastating earthquakes in Kyushu, spurring concern on social media for its safety as well as criticism for the prefectural government's failure to use the furry animal's network to share information.


      Kumamon is a round-faced bear about 1.5 meters tall tasked with promoting tourism and local products. It has more than 460,000 followers on its official feed.

      However, it hasn't sent a tweet since Thursday, when it said it was looking forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. That night a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck the region.

      In the days since, some Twitter followers have expressed concern for the bear's safety, while others criticized Kumamoto for not utilizing the account to disperse information about the quake.

      "Kumamon, it was a big earthquake with lots of aftershocks, so it must have been a restless night. I pray for the safety of Kumamon and everyone else," wrote someone with the user name harunohaha.

      "I didn't think it would be inappropriate if Kumamon continued to tweet updates. But someone mentioned that the person inside Kumamon is a government person, right? I don't think he/she has any time to be putting on an animal skin right now," wrote a user whose post was re-tweeted more than 5,000 times.


      Edited by kinwashi 20 Apr `16, 8:28PM

      Helps pouring in for Kumamoto.





      Edited by kinwashi 20 Apr `16, 8:36PM
    • Ohana-mi Cherry Blossom viewing party ~ traditional Japanese

      Edited by kinwashi 20 Apr `16, 8:42PM
    • Ah kong said viewing Sakura under the Sakura tree all must use blue ground sheet.

      So today the tradition still the same from day one Ah Kong Say.

      Everywhere the same no other colour allowed.

    • Edited by kinwashi 20 Apr `16, 8:47PM
    • How to see the rear Cherry Blossom tree,

      There are many kind of  to Cherry Blossom  with flowers,

      Don't confused yourself when you are in Japan.

       They bloom at the same time.

    • Difference between Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom

      January 2, 2015 takkhis Spring 7

      Someone asked me a few days ago “what is the difference between cherry blossom and plum blossom?” Then I thought I should write an article on this topic. Most of the people who have not seen cherry blossoms or plum blossoms together they might think that they are both same. The real thing is they are not same at all. We can differentiate them seeing mostly their appearance and shapes.

      Mount_Yoshino_Cherry_Blossom_JapanMount Yoshino Cherry Blossom, Japan. Photo Credit: Kimon Berlin at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

      If you want to be an aficionado of cherry and plum blossoms then I guess you better learn their characteristic and facts first. Thus how you could reveal their differences. However, as I am here to express my knowledge here with you, I would try my best to deliver you the correct information. Let’s get started.

      The Leaves:

      The leaves of a cherry tree are green and they are unfolding. On the other hand plum tree’s leaves are fully reddish purple and unrolled though some varieties have green leaves.

      Cherry_Blossom_in_Kanagawa_JapanCherry Trees That Has Green Leaves. Photo Credit: skyseeker at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.Plum_Blossom_Leaves_JapanReddish Purple Color Leaves With Blossoms. Photo Credit: Sarah Katzenell at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

      The Petals:

      Cherry blossom have a small split at the end of each petal, whereas plum blossoms don’t have split at the end of each petal. In fact, it is one of the main characteristics of between these two trees. Take a look at this picture well shown below, I guess you see the flowers have split at the end of each petal.

      Sakura_at_Rikugien_Park_in_TokyoCherry Blossom at Rikugien Park in Tokyo. Photo Credit: Tadashi Okoshi at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.Plum_Blossom_Flower_Shape_JapanPlum Blossom Petals! Photo Credit: t.shigesa at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

       The Bud:

      Cherry blossom buds are oval. From one cherry bud, there is a possibility of coming out more than one cherry, where on the other hand only one plum blossom comes out of a single bud and its buds are round.

      Plum_Blossom_Bud_JapanPlum Buds Look Round! Photo Credit: mrhayata at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.Cherry_Blossom_Buds_JapanCherry Blossom Buds. Photo Credit: mrhayata at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

      The Fragrance:

      Plum blossoms have a sweet flowery fragrant smell that what I know. It is hard to say that beautiful sakura (cherry) does not have sweet flowery fragrance that ume (plum) has. It has a very light fragrance!

      Red_Plum_Blossom_in_Nishinomiya_JapanRed Plum Blossoms in Nishinomiya, Japan. Photo Credit: pelican at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

      The Color:

      White cherry blossom is quite famous in Japan. Except having white cherry blossoms we do have light pink, dark pink cherry blossoms. So far in my life, I have seen dark red, pink and white plum blossoms at different public parks and temples.

      Mount_Yoshino_Pink_Sakura_JapanPink Cherry Blossoms, Mount Yoshino, Japan. Photo Credit: Kimon Berlin at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

      The Bark:

      The bark of plum tree does not have distinctive horizontal lines and bark color is a bit darker, whereas cherry trees have light gray barks in which you may see small distinctive horizontal lines.

      Plum_Tree_Bark_JapanPlum Tree Bark Look Different Than Cherry Tree. Photo Credit: mrhayata at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.Cherry_Tree_Bark_JapanGray Color of Bark! So, It Is a Cherry Tree. Photo Credit: Tadashi Okoshi at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

      The Shape of Flower:

      I think if you could figure their flower shapes out then you can easily identify which one is cherry and plum blossom. Well, the shape of a plum blossom is round. Yes, that’s exactly round! If you take a look at a cherry blossom then you will find its shape looks round but has got umbrella shape.

      Pink_Plum_Blossom_Picture_JapanThese Are Plum Blossoms Because Their Shapes Look Round. Photo Credit: mrhayata at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.White_Cherry_Blossom_Shape_JapanCherry Flower Shape! Photo Credit: electricnude at Flickr through Creative Commons Licensing.

      The Blooming Season:

      Here in Japan, blooming season of plum comes on early February. While on the other hand cherry blossom appears on April.

      I think these are the main characteristics which could reveal what is plum and cherry blossom if you are confused recognizing them. I hope this helps you a lot. Have a great spring season in Japan, that is what I hope for. Please take a lot of pictures of beautiful plum and cherry blossoms!

      Copyright 2015 @ takkhis

    • Stay Tuned.

      wait a moment.

      Kin,  will upload my photo which i took from this recent trip.

      How to see the rear Sakura tree or Plum tree.

       The most simple method  to see the rear Sakura tree or not the Sakura.

      Travel as you Learn.

    • So its pink Flowers,

      So this is in Japan sure this are Sakura.

      Cannot be wrong.

      So do you think this is Sakura?


      Took this picture at someone backyard at Kagoshima.




      One more here i took close-up.

      Better view of this on this pinkish flowers.


      Edited by kinwashi 21 Apr `16, 10:11PM
    • Almost the same Pink colour, Petal about the same like the Culture Milk  box packaging.

      So sure this are Sakura.

      The above pictures?

      Edited by kinwashi 21 Apr `16, 10:08PM
    • At  

      Dolphin Port Kagoshima

      I,  found another kind of seafront Sakura.

      This kind of Sakura tree can withstand salty condition,

      cause near the seaside front the sea breeze are salty,

      they can withstand it and bloom with lovely flowers.

      But what not the same is the colour of are little white and little pink.

      This are rea sea Sakura.


      Over here at Dolphin Port Kagoshima

      good view to see Sakurajima san.


      Edited by kinwashi 23 Apr `16, 8:34PM
    • So this are Sakura trees that can withstand Salty Breeze near this seafront.

      The inland and mountain top are totally difference kinds.

      Edited by kinwashi 23 Apr `16, 7:29PM
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