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Re[1]: Kanazawa and Noto Peninsula
from WebmasterOkaMon, 05.10.2015 - 11:10:56 JSTReply
Dear Jean,

Thank you for your wonderful comments. Indeed, if you stay in and around Tokyo, you can scarcely see Japanese traditional landscapes, because they have been destroyed not only by the earthquake and air raids but especially for the sake of economic development since the 1960s. My family comes from Kanazawa, exactly speaking from its suburbs facing the sea, Kanaiwa. Therefore, I feel a particular sympathy for Kanazawa and Noto.

I wrote the article related to Yuwaku-Onsen and a related anime series on response to the interest of an Italian friend, who was curious about the background of the anime which described the life of onsen-ryokan staff.

Somehow, the speed of destruction has been slower in the Western part of Japan, and of course especially in the economically backward areas like Noto. Such destruction continues even more intensively in the economic stagnation since the 1990s. You may not be able to imagine that hundreds of high-rise buildingsin Tokyo were constructed after the end of the Japanese economic boom. At the time of the economic “bubble” period around 1990, there were only a handful of skyscrapers in Tokyo such as Kasumigaseki-building, Hamamatsucho-building, Keio-Plaza Shinjuku, Ikebukuro Sunshine City and so on, and we could enjoy much wider sky at the time. Beautiful Japanese landscape has been continuously damaged for the sake of “zenekon” (general contractors), i.e. big construction companies such as Kajima, Shimizu and Takenaka ;-(
Kanazawa and Noto Peninsula
from Jean pSmithFri, 02.10.2015 - 13:55:13 JSTReply
I read with fondness, your recollections of your experiences in Kanazawa and Noto Peninsula. We visited that area in October of 2014, and found it to be a lovely region. The city of Kanazawa is wonderful, and a nice change from the bustle and modernity of Tokyo. The pride that the citizens show in their city‘s cultural history is quite exciting to a visitor. We toured many of the cultural zones, and enjoyed the citiy‘s craft culture including Ishikawa International Urushi Exposition. We will happily visit Kanazawa again when we can. Now that it has its own Shinkansen it will be an even more popular destination for Japanese ans foreign visitors.

While we were in western Japan we also took a day trip to Noto, and specifically Wajima. Our purpose was to visit the Wajima Urushi Museum. http://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/kanko/english/20014.html
It is as a wonderful museum, and that if you have not visited, please try to find the time! In a cultural sense urushi is Japan and The Urushi Museum provided a beautiful immersion into the incredible and sublime art form that Japan has perfected. A walk through the charming town of Wajima was a real treat, Fresh air, sparkling harbor and friendly people made the atmosphere so lovely. The bus ride through the Noto countryside was as you describe, beautiful and soulful. It is the Japan that has slipped from reality in so many places.

We had so many wonderful experiences on our last visit to Japan, and hope that many more will be in our future. The culture and people of your country are wonderful, and vibrant, and I hope to see them again soon!

I hope that many people have the opportunity to read your thoughts about Japan, and to realize that it is so much more than Anime, manga and sushi.

Best wishes and great appreciation.
J
Re[1]: Interesting articles
from WebmasterOkaSun, 05.07.2015 - 23:42:35 JSTReply
Thank you for your encouraging message. I am now fully occupied by musical activities. But, I want to revitalize my "Hamadayama Life"! There are so many topics I want to comment on.
Interesting articles
from David ListSun, 05.07.2015 - 19:10:06 JSTReply
Dear Oka san,

thank you for your interesting articles. Even though I have been to Japan a couple of times already, they still revealed much new useful information. Please keep writing.
Akihabara Electric Town
from Edward Mon, 31.03.2014 - 09:04:00 JSTReply
Dear Oke-san,

Thank you so much. I will try tonkatsu.
Re[3]: Akihabara Electric Town
from WebmasterOkaSun, 30.03.2014 - 23:57:05 JSTReply
It seems to me that desktop type receivers are produced by a limited number of companies; among others AOR (http://www.aorja.com/)and Icom (http://www.icom.co.jp/world/). Legendary receivers like RF-9000 are usually sold through Internet auction sites such as Rakuten or Yahoo. You should better checking their web sites beforehand.

Anyhow, I wish you a good luck in Akihabara. Try also "tonkatsu" at Marugo for your lunch, if you have time.
Re[2]: Akihabara Electric Town
from Edward-sanSun, 30.03.2014 - 23:10:44 JSTReply
Dear Oke-san,
Thanks for the great info, it save me lot of time finding the right shop.
Yes these are the shops I am looking for, new or used recievers are good.
one of the my favourite portable is Panasonic RF-9000 radio ( they called it king of radio).
Hopefully I can find one of this there. once agin thanks for sharing this info. thank you.
Re[1]: Akihabara Electric Town
from WebmasterOkaSun, 30.03.2014 - 20:54:57 JSTReply
Dear Edward-san,

Do you look for so-called BCL radios? In that case, please check first "Fuji Musen" ( http://www.fujimusen.com/shop/akiba.html ). Upstairs you can find second-hand equipment for ham. You should also check "Rocket" main shop for ham(http://www.rocket-co.jp/ham/08_map2.html).

The afore-mentioned shops are relatively big. You can also find many other small shops or stalls in "Akihabara Radio Center" (http://www.radiocenter.jp/map/), a sort of apartment house for small shops and stalls next to the Akihabara JR Station, and "Tokyo Radio Depart" (http://www.tokyoradiodepart.co.jp/).

Unfortunately, their web sites are all in Japanese ONLY. However, I believe you can find the way to those shops, as they are not far away from the station.

Akihabara Electric Town
from Edward-sanSun, 30.03.2014 - 17:17:02 JSTReply
Dear Oka-san,

I read one of your article talking about how you get interested in Ham Radio, very interesting.
I collect radios especially short wave receiver(portable or desktop). I am making a trip to Tokyo next week for business, after the business trip, I would like to extend a day and drop by JR Akihabara train station to look for radio and desktop communication receiver, if possible please advise me which are the shops selling all these receivers. The most I have will be one day in Akibahara. Looking forward to hear from you.
Re[1]: Thank you...
from WebmasterOkaWed, 08.01.2014 - 21:05:54 JSTReply
Dear Chris-san,

Thank you for your posting. Frankly speaking, the restaurants which I report on this site are not much representative. They are rather my personal favorites or happen to be in my familiar environment, though some of them are in fact the bests in Tokyo.

If you need good restaurants recommendations, I try to meet your expectation as much as possible, only if you tell me exactly what you want !

From a sunny beach in the Indian Ocean :-)