More on Japan earthquake and tsunami

2011 03 14 iht wsj

The latest on Japan:

(Image above: today’s WSJ and IHT feature the same moving photo of a woman standing amid wreckage.)


Resources for following the Japan earthquake news

Here are a few resources I recommend for following the Japan news online:

  • This AP story does a good job of summarizing the day’s events.
  • This BBC News live blog has running updates.
  • The WSJ also has a live blog.
  • A few journalists on Twitter I recommend following are: @TomokoHosaka (AP); @JaymesSong (AP); @AkikoFujita (ABC News); @W7VOA (VOA); and
    @sandrajapandra (freelance). I’ve also created this Japan earthquake Twitter list with additional folks. I’ll continue updating the list.
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    NYT: “China Passes Japan to Become No. 2 Economy”

    NYT: “China Passes Japan to Become No. 2 Economy“:

    After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday.

    The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.

    Related post: “More on China, the U.S., GDP, and economic power.”

    New International Street Fashion Blog

    Seoul Street Fashion [not my image]

    Street Peeper is a new blog devoted to global street fashion. The Asian cities featured here include Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo, but Bangkok hasn’t yet joined the party…

    Japanese Rice Art

    Japanese Rice Art [not my image]

    Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture create works of crop art by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety. This year’s creation — a pair of grassy reproductions of famous woodblock prints from Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji — has begun to appear (above). It will be visible until the rice is harvested in September.

    Related Japanese awesomeness: rolling tires down a ski jump. As DY notes, “Fact: lab coats = SCIENCE.”

    Strange Japanese Soft Drinks

    Pepsi Ice Cucumber flavor

    Check out “The Top Ten Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks.”

    I would kill for a taste of the Pepsi Ice Cucumber. Not to mention the Coolpis Kimchi Drink.


    Asia’s Top Five Craziest Buildings

    The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, N. Korea [not my image]

    Hi, all. I’m back.

    I have a story at Tripmaster Monkey today about Asia’s craziest buildings. Enjoy (and leave a comment at the bottom of the article, if you like).

    Spotted in Japan: Pizza Hut Sausage Crust

    Pizza Hut Sausage Crust

    Seriously. Click on the link for a bigger pic of what appears to be a pizza with sausage and cheese embedded in its crust. Can any Japanese readers out there help me with a translation?


    Dog Yoga in Japan

    Dog Yoga in Japan [Not My Image]

    I’m not making this up.


    Not to Be All-Japan-All-the-Time, But…

    “Shutting Themselves In,” about Japanese boys who hole up in their rooms for years at a time;

    “10 things to do for free in Tokyo”;

    Weird Japanese TV clips compilation.