East Japan great earthquake disaster

A major earthquake occurred off Miyagi prefecture in eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, before 3 pm. After that, a huge tsunami of 16.7 meters high hit the coast. It is said that more than 15,000 people were sacrificed because the tsunami destroyed most buildings of lowland and uprooted them into the ocean.

After tsunami, 津波の後

lso, since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has caused meltdown, local residents are still unable to return due to radiation fear of local pollution.

Japan is a country with many natural disasters. Once in several years, a devastating earthquake happens somewhere. Unfortunately, even with modern science and technology it is impossible to predict it.

花粉症

日本には花粉症とよばれる風土病があります。国民の1/3ぐらいがかかっているようです。私もその一人で10年ほど前から花粉症に悩まされるようになりました。

Hay fever, 花粉症

花粉症とは飛散した花粉が原因で、さまざまな症状が出るアレルギーです。主な症状は以下の通り。

  • くしゃみが止まらない
  • 目元がかゆくなる
  • 目が開けづらくなる
  • 鼻水が出る
  • 熱が出る
  • 集中力がなくなる

最も罹患者の多い杉花粉のアレルギーは春先に顕著になります。人によっては杉ではない花粉にアレルギーがあったり、複数のアレルギーを持つ人もいるようです。

この花粉症は先天的なものではなく、体内に入った花粉の量が受領量を超えると発祥するようです。ただし需要量は個人によって違います。幼少のころから花粉症になる人もいれば、大人になってから発祥する人もいます。アレルギーなので体力とは無関係です。屈強なアスリートですら花粉症には悩まされています。よってフィリピン人も日本に長くいればいつか花粉症を発祥するかもしれません。

ただし、私の経験だとフィリピンに避難すれば逃れられます。花粉症真っ只中でも飛行機で離陸後20分も経つと症状が治まり、フィリピン国内では完全に治まります。日本に帰国するとたちまち再発するけど…。

同じく、日本国内でも沖縄県に行けば花粉症は出なくなるとも聞きます。沖縄でもスギ花粉はたくさん飛んでいるはずなに。

従って花粉症のアレルギーは、花粉だけではなく都市部特有の化学物質など複合的な条件で発祥するのかもしれません。

Sento

If you get used to a Japanese bath, please try to challenge the “Sento(銭湯)” as a next step. Sento is a public bath, It’s a Japanese – style spa. One charge is less than 500 yen.

Sentou, 銭湯

Sento is a service that was born when the housing of Japan was still underdeveloped and there was no bath in each household. Even now, although baths have become widespread, there are many fans of it. Because unlike a family bath, we can enjoy the following experiences.

Large Bathtab

We can soak our body in plenty of hot water and extend our legs.

In addition, swimming and dancing in the bathtub is a violation of manner.

Jacuzzi

We can obtain a massage effect, since bubbles blown from the walls and floor of the bathtub vigorously.

Electric bath

Weak electricity is flowing in hot water in bathtub, we can receive modest stimulus.

Sauna

It is literally a sauna. There is a dried “dry sauna” and a steam filled “mist sauna”.

Cold water bath

It is a cold water bath. Immersed after a hot sauna is effective in restoring fatigue by exercise.

The basic rules of Sento are as follows.

  • We have to use it naked.
  • We wash our bodies and hair ahead of being soaked in a bathtub.
  • When we leave the sauna, lightly wash away sweat with a shower before entering the bath tub.
  • Do not soak your towel in the bathtub.
  • We can rent towels for a fee. Shared soap or body soap, shampoo & rinse type are equipped.

I hear that many foreign countries have no habit of being naked in front of people, except for young children. But if you get used to it you will not mind. Of course, you can partially hide it with a towel.

By the way, in the early 2015, a Sento opened in front of the J Park Hotel on Mactan Island, alongside the Metro supermarket. At that time, I stayed on that island, so I only used it once. But it seems that it was closed after a while. Maybe there were few customers. Because short-stay travelers will not use. Therefore, customers are Japanese English students who stay for a long time or Japanese staff of diving service.

Shovel snow off the roof

The Japanese archipelago has an elongated shape, and the northern side is colder. So of course Hokkaido, Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata and Niigata are heavy snow areas. Inland prefectures such as Nagano, Yamanashi, Gunma and Gifu also have a lot of snow. In a heavy snowfall region, residents are going in and out of the second floor.

Shovel snow off the roof is indispensable in heavy snow areas. The shovel off is mainly the task of dropping snow from the roof of an old house. When snow is piled up on the roof of the house, someone climbs the roof and drops snow on the ground with a shovel. It is very hard work, because the roof is unstable on the scaffold and the snow mass is heavy. But if someone does not do this, the weight of the snow will destroy the roof or the house.

shovel snow off the roof, 雪下ろし

If so, we think that it would be nice if they put an electric heater in the roof, but that is not the case. In snowy country where temperature is low, even if snow melts, it freezes soon. Although I do not know the principle, hot water freezes faster than water. However if they put enough firepower on the roof that can be evaporate the snow, the fuel cost will be huge .

People in the Philippines who do not have winter may think that “Why do you live in such a cold place?” I do not even understand the thoughts of individuals, however, in cold lands, delicious crops can be collected.

Snow quality

Even the same snow is different in nature depending on the region. The snow falling in Hokkaido is called “Japow”, and for skiers it is powdery snow of the highest quality in the world. Therefore, many visitors come from abroad for snow activity.

Conversely, snow falling in the northern part of my hometown Kyushu contains much moisture, so it is sherbet like. The amount of snowfall is also small. So when we roll snowballs and make a snowman, muddy dirty doll is finished.

Snowman, 雪だるま