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Japan 2016

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Born2ski, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. Ramenman

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    In Japan, Sakura (Hanami) season = Yay, spring has come. So before Hanami, there aren't many people in garden shops but there are increasing number of people in garden shops after Hanami. Last night, I went to a garden shop and these are all what I bought. You see a tree and it's a Japanese new citrus hybrid. Japan keep inventing new yummy hybrid fruits. I really think fruits in Japan are very yummy (they are expensive, though). A few years ago, I had the opportunity to eat the new Japanese citrus hybrid "つのかがやき(Tsunokagayaki)", and it was amazingly yummy (very nicely sweet and sour at the same time), last year I tried to get the tree, but it was already sold out:(, and this year, I managed to book it and I finally got it yesterday:thumbs:
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    And, this yellow spray below is for killing nasty insects that eat the leaves of my beloved citrus hybrid tree:axe:
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    This season was terrible:(, warm and lack of snow, but at least, it was very good for our garden. We have a young lemon tree too, and if it's a cold winter, a lot of leaves fall of the lemon tree, but this winter, the leaves didn't fall at all:thumbs:. I'll enjoy gardening, etc till next winter comes and I hope next season is one of the best seasons for skiing to make up for the worst season, which we had this year;)
     
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  2. Ramenman

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    Some local media are reporting today JMA say La Nina is likely to hit this summer and La Nina usually brings hotter summer and colder winter with more snowfall to Japan (They say El Nino usually brings cooler summer and warmer winter with less snowfall to Japan).
    http://news.trust.org/item/20160411073643-vr9fe
     
  3. Hyst

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    Can they decide what they say?? Would really like to know in due time before coming. LOL

    Edit: It's my who can not:oops: read, sorry! :headbang:
     
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    Thanks for letting us know that's bug spray :thumbs:
    There's a very strong chance I might have downed that as a tasty vegie juice on my next Japan trip
     
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    Dumping at my place atm
     
  6. Vermillion

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    ' Toons out?
     
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    It's only April... [/Sandy]
     
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    Should've known. As if this place would miss that ;) Couldn't find it
     
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  12. Sandy

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  13. Ramenman

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    Yes, actually it was quite a huge one in terms of "seismic intensity", not magnitude. Magnitude is not as big as the Tohoku Earthquake 2011, but the epicenter is right under Kumamoto city, so the seismic intensity is Level 7 in Kumamoto city, which is as big as the Tohoku Earthquake. My favorite Japanese castle Kumamoto Castle was badly damaged and about 10 people died:cry:.
     
  14. Sandy

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    The Japanese "seismic intensity" is a fixed scale(Max = 7), not open ended, so IMO it doesn't mean much.

    It was NOT as big as the Tohoku earthquake, which was about 800 times stronger.


    (BTW, Kumamoto Castle is a reconstruction, not an original, so if it was damaged, they can just make repairs with concrete!!! ;) )
     
  15. PMG

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    Big enough - people killed and injured.
     
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  16. Ramenman

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    Seismic intensity is more important for the people there. I mean, even if the magnitude is very big, it doesn't kill people / damage buildings if the epicenter is very far. Magnitude shows how big the total energy of the earthquake is and seismic intensity is how dangerous the earthquake is for the people living / staying in the place.
     
  17. Sandy

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    If it was a Magnitude 8.2 instead of 6.2 and in the same location, much of Kumamoto would be devastated, and maybe 10,000+ killed, and yet the "seismic intensity" Shindo scale would STILL only register a 7. How does that tell us anything about how dangerous it is?
     
  18. Ramenman

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    With concrete, like Osaka CastleROFL?. I love how Kumamoto castle looks, it's big, and the color is beautifully black:metun:
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  19. Sandy

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    The Tenshu (the keep shown in that photo) is ALREADY made of concrete..... it's a concrete reconstruction, so they can repair it just like Osaka.
     
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    Well, magnitude is not how strong the land of the city actually quaked. Even if the magnitude is very big, if the epicenter is very deep under the ground or very far from the city, the earthquake doesn't scare people living in the city. Magnitude 8.2 earthquakes don't kill people if the epicenter is the middle of nowhere, but Shindo 7 (seismic intensity level 7) can kill many people. I mean, city name + shindo, then I expect how dangerous the earthquake is for the specific city.
     
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    Yeah, but still better than Osaka Castle, I guess. I mean, I was disappointed when I saw elevators(lifts) in Osaka Castle:p.
     
  22. Sandy

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    Look at the logic....

    Let's say it's a Mag 8.2 in EXACTLY the same location as THIS Mag 6.2 earthquake in Kumamoto.... same epicentre, same depth, same type. It's Shindo 7 for BOTH. With the quake that's 100 times larger (8.2 released energy) than the current quake, which will cause more damage? The answer is obvious.
     
  23. ojisan

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    the quake was pretty shallow... only 6 miles deep.
     
  24. Sandy

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    Was lucky it was only 6.2
     
  25. Ramenman

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    Yep, that's why the Shindo (the seismic intensity level) was 7 even though the magnitude was not that big. When Tohoku Earthquake happened, I was in Ibaraki Prefecture and the seismic intensity of the city where I was was 6+. It was quite scary.

    For me,

    Shindo 1 = I don't notice it.

    Shindo 2 =I notice it if I stand still when it hits, but doesn't notice it if I'm walking.

    Shindo 3 =Most foreigners who are not used to earthquakes feel very scared, but I don't(because I'm very used to earthquakes now). I still keep taking a bath even if Shindo 3 hits.

    Shindo 4 = I'll stop taking a bath and hurry to put on clothes.

    Shindo 5 = I feel "Oh, it's getting serious, but I'm not scared much yet"

    Shindo 5+ = I open windows and doors so that I won't get trapped in my house.

    Shindo 6 = I feel scared, and I try to cover & protect my head.

    Shindo 6+ =I can't keep standing / walking, so it's too late to do something to save my life, all I can do is to wish that the earthquake subsides soon(I experienced Shindo 6+ when Tohoku Earthquake 2011 happened)

    Shindo 7 = I have never experienced Shindo 7, and I hope I won't experience it in the future either:p
     
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    imagine if if it was that shallow & over 7 magnitude...
     
  27. Zimboo

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    The first quake in Christchurch (September 2010) was a 7.1 at 10km deep, but the destruction came from the 2nd one 6 months later in Feb 2011 which was 6.3 but only 5km deep.
    The 2nd one's epicentre was also about 30kms closer to the city.
     
  28. ojisan

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    Must have been a foreshock.
    Kumamoto was hit with a bigger quake a few hours ago.. 7 on the Richter scale and much closer to the city
     
  29. Sandy

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    Ok, so this is more severe, and pretty much what I was talking about. It was Mag 7.2, and there's been a dam collapse and a huge landslide.
    ..... and yet, of the two quakes, the 6.2 was a Shindo 7, while the Mag 7.2 was a Shindo 6+
     
  30. ojisan

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    Some friends of mine we up at the Tateyame Kurobe alpine route.
    Still a fair bit of snow up that way.
    This was posted yesterday on FB

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  31. Sandy

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    Definitely a low snow year!!!!
     
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    Was 13m this year, as opposed to 19m last year.
     
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    It's only April...
     
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