SPIDER SILK VIOLIN STRINGS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2B_QHGIOZo Shigeyoshi Osaki makes violin strings out of spider silk and claims that – in the right hands – they produce a beautiful sound.   His latest creation is making waves among musicians who praise the sonorous quality of the spider silk violin strings for their ‘soft and profound timbre’. His passion for the violin…

STRANGE CREATURES IN DEBRIS

Debris dragged out to sea by the 3/2011 tsunami arrived on the other side of the Pacific Ocean bringing unfamiliar creatures as well as concerns that invasive species will threaten ecosystems on the West Coast of the United States. A 20-meter-long pier was swept away by the tsunami from the fishing port of Aomori, and…

Smiling Umbrellas

Koji Mizutani had a simple message when he displayed 100 ‘smiling umbrellas’ in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2010. “I want to send a ray of hope to ease the friction of war and conflict where bombs were dropped,” he said. After traveling to the United States and seeing girls whose smiles were wonderfully hearty and…

NEW QUAKE SYSTEM

The next-generation K supercomputer was ranked as the world’s fastest computer in June and November 2011. A University of Tokyo research team has developed a system that will use a next-generation supercomputer to simultaneously predict tremors, tsunami and movements in the Earth’s crust after a massive earthquake occurs. The team, led by Takuto Maeda, an…

Death Notebooks in Japan

Activities in preparation for the final stage of life are enjoying a quiet boom. These activities include taking photo portraits to leave behind, writing final thoughts and wishes in a special notebook and attending a workshop on how to write a will. Experts believe that the recent rise in these activities reflects an uncertainty over…

Aged old Magnolia seed

ANCIENT SEED GERMINATES (Copied by permission by Kenny Joseph) Grown from a 2,000-year-old seed, a unique magnolia tree blooms at Easter, the beginning of April. The seed was found among carbonized beans and rice in November, 1982 at an excavation near Hiroshima, Japan. It was turned over for analysis to Hiroshi Utsunomiya, a lecturer at…

Stability and Hope–will it ever come?

This is a different posting in that we are posting a letter by contact down in the Tohoku area where the tsunami killed so many just two years ago this month.  Sometimes we forget there are still people suffering and there are still precious ones that help meet others’ needs as they can.  Will you…

Tsunami Warning System

Tsunami two years on: Japan finally gets warning system that would have saved hundreds of lives Two years after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands, the country has unveiled an improved warning system that could have saved hundreds of lives. Operators at the Japan Meteorological agency checking the data of the seismic activity…