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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Toto Warmlet, Feb 23, 2013.
'How's your day been sir?' asked the DOC person.
I repeated my question,'Where do we catch the next heli?'
'Sorry sir, we don't allow helicopters, this is a World Heritage Area.'
I tried another tack.
'We are over here from Australia, for just 2 weeks.'
'How's your 2 weeks been sir?' asked the DOC person.
A river mouth
So what you say?
Well it is just a place of power
on the right day.
"I want to see the sun go down from St Kilda Esplanade
Where the beach needs reconstruction, where the palm trees have it hard
I'd give you all of Sydney Harbour (all that land, all that water)
For that one sweet promenade"
You must have been tripping PK.
so the businessman from Taos wants us to go down.
And pay a tythe
Long live the community.
My anklet bracelet battery failed.
Normal transmission is resumed.
On the road again
The Relatively Garrulous Tour.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles
I loved Amanohashidate! My most romatic stay ever.
Heading back down the back roads, heading south.
Early one Kumamoto morning the sun was shining
As I struggled out of my bed
Pulled up the funky Japanese Venetian blind
Wondering why I'd woken up a in a Murakami book instead
Fascinating. Also, your images aren't working
Youtube links are clickable though.
Must be a ghost in the machine.
What is the sight of an image not properly posted?
Or the sound of a Marshall amp unplugged in a stray field?
Not hard to be a hypocrite here, but it is so smoggy photons are hardly worth capturing.
Where were you when you heard about President Trump?
I was on a hydrofoil named Toppy7.
David Lange walked away from ANZUS.
NZ is doing fine.
It just does
Not need to make
So many escaped photons.
I really meant to be sensible for this Kyushu trip.
google has conspired against me
well I dun know how long these images will last for, but I feel some body has to post them, dang
Bubba toll me this was the only place you could safely surf on Yakushima.
Momma says Bubba was just a fictional character.
But those monkeys they were really real I swear sir.
It's real we went there, mainly to see Will Adams's recreated ship.
dumb gaijin pleased to be blown away
JAL fly from Osaka to Yakushima.
seems the Japanese detected Bockscar and another B59, but were not too fussed
Bluebird sky (as it was the next day back in 1945) ground zero minus 500 metres.
Kokura and Nagasaki
The mushroom cloud as seen from one of the B-29s on the mission
During pre-flight inspection of Bockscar, the flight engineer notified Sweeney that an inoperative fuel transfer pump made it impossible to use 640 US gallons (2,400 l; 530 imp gal) of fuel carried in a reserve tank. This fuel would still have to be carried all the way to Japan and back, consuming still more fuel. Replacing the pump would take hours; moving the Fat Man to another aircraft might take just as long and was dangerous as well, as the bomb was live. Group Commander Colonel Paul Tibbets and Sweeney therefore elected to have Bockscar continue the mission.
Bockscar took off from Tinian's North Field at 03:49. The mission profile directed the B-29s to fly individually to the rendezvous point, changed because of bad weather from Iwo Jima to Yakushima Island, and at 17,000 feet (5,200 m) cruising altitude instead of the customary 9,000 feet (2,700 m), increasing fuel consumption. Bockscar began its climb to the 30,000 feet (9,100 m) bombing altitude a half hour before rendezvous. Before the mission, Tibbets had warned Sweeney to take no more than fifteen minutes at the rendezvous before proceeding to the target. Bockscar reached the rendezvous point and assembled with The Great Artiste, but after circling for some time, The Big Stink failed to appear. As they orbited Yakushima, the weather planes Enola Gay and Laggin' Dragon reported both Kokura and Nagasaki within the accepted parameters for the required visual attack.
Though ordered not to circle longer than fifteen minutes, Sweeney continued to wait for The Big Stink, at the urging of Commander Frederick Ashworth, the plane's weaponeer, who was in command of the mission. After exceeding the original departure time limit by a half hour, Bockscar, accompanied by The Great Artiste, proceeded to Kokura, thirty minutes away. The delay at the rendezvous had resulted in clouds and drifting smoke from fires started by a major firebombing raid by 224 B-29s on nearby Yawata the previous day covering 70% of the area over Kokura, obscuring the aiming point. Three bomb runs were made over the next 50 minutes, burning fuel and exposing the aircraft repeatedly to the heavy defenses of Yawata, but the bombardier was unable to drop visually. By the time of the third bomb run, Japanese anti-aircraft fire was getting close, and Second Lieutenant Jacob Beser, who was monitoring Japanese communications, reported activity on the Japanese fighter direction radio bands.
The increasingly critical fuel shortage resulted in the decision by Sweeney and Ashworth to reduce power to conserve fuel and divert to the secondary target, Nagasaki. The approach to Nagasaki twenty minutes later indicated that the heart of the city's downtown was also covered by dense cloud. Ashworth decided to bomb Nagasaki using radar, but, according to Bockscar's bombardier, Captain Kermit Beahan, a small opening in the clouds at the end of the three-minute bomb run permitted him to identify target features. Bockscar visually dropped the Fat Man at 10:58 local time. It exploded 43 seconds later with a blast yield equivalent to 21 kilotons of TNT at an altitude of 1,650 feet (500 m), approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northwest of the planned aiming point, resulting in the destruction of 44% of the city.
The failure to drop the Fat Man at the precise bomb aim point caused the atomic blast to be confined to the Urakami Valley. As a consequence, a major portion of the city was protected by the intervening hills, but even so, the bomb was dropped over the city's industrial valley midway between the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works in the south and the Mitsubishi-Urakami Ordnance Works in the north. An estimated 35,000 people were killed and 60,000 injured during the bombing at Nagasaki. Of those killed, 23,200–28,200 were Japanese munitions workers, 2,000 were Korean slave laborers, and 150 were Japanese soldiers.
There were troups of Japanese schoolkids early in the morning, singing songs. All very organised and video'd even.I had my 2nd tier interpreter along so we were not not sure what it was all about.
Then there were stray white gaijin just crying.
We caught the first tram north.
Pretty ****ed over.
Yakushima monkeys don't pose
Shore dumps are scary.
Fluent in Japanese gaijin on a silly small wheeled bike
Don't talk to us
As he fills his water bottle chatting to some Municipal guy who perhaps is checking out the toilets.
His ride through the World Heritage area would have been magical.
Can't speak for the monkeys or the deer who seem pretty well over cameras, cars, lonesome Japanese hanging out on the roadside well as far we could tell.
Quite rightly No 2 on the Rough Guides List in no particular order.
A Winter interlude well worthwhile.
Dutch were holed up here for many a year.
In the spirit of serious endeavour...
This is Fukuoka
A couple of days after we left a 30x 22x 15m cavern opened up in a nearby main street.
They filled it up with concrete in a few days.
Lots of self appointed cool cats were checking out the Contemporary Asian Arts Museum.
We ignored them and just got depressed looking at the tormented stuff from the Philippines. I got depressed about Magellan and how hard it is to spell Philippens so we went and had a mediocre coffee.
Camo gown was from Vietnam I think.
If you are stuck in Narita with the whatever blues again Naritasan is well worth the short train trip and 10 minute walk.
You can eat eels skinned alive before your eyes.
Where do they raise the many millions of pigs that must fuel their appetite.?
Is it better to return from Japan in March to Wellington to see a Pixies concert?
Very high odds possibly not, when you consider the cost and that you can watch it on TV.
Then there is the earth quake risk.
Sorry to go on about it, but Naritasan is really worth a visit for Japanese Temples and Gardens 101 if you are waiting for your plane.
Be warned they have no seats on the platform. There is a dedicated waiting room though, if you want to go upstairs..