Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Earthquake and O-bon

You folks waking up on the other side of the globe from me might be alarmed by the news of a strong earthquake in Japan. Nothing much happened here in Tokyo, as the center was in Northeast Japan, about 300km away. My office on the 8th floor of a 40 year-old building swayed for about 30 seconds, while everyone looked around nervously to see if it would become severe. I haven't yet been in a public place when there has been an earthquake strong enough to make people panic or even head for shelter under tables and such. Japanese people are very inured to natural disasters.

On another note, the Summer holiday of O-bon is underway. This is one of two family-reunion style Japanese holidays (the other being New Year's), and many people leave the city to visit their families for a week. The office is about half empty and the streets and trains are pleasantly uncrowded. I wish it was this empty year-round. In the morning I have room enough to read a book, and in the evening I often can find a seat. Seriously, the trains are often too crowded to hold a book out in front of me during the morning commute!

Our project at work got extended by another month. This time it seems possible we might make the deadline.

It's still hot.


Anonymous marcpat said...

glad to read you're safe jake. i experienced an earthquake in june in CA that was only a 4.5-5.0...for me, it felt like a train going by in a station and probably only lasted 10 seconds or so. i'd imagine your situation was significantly more scary.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

every time i hear about the earthquakes i think about you holding on to your sun keyboard for dear life. i'm glad to hear you're ok :) in any case, don't forget to stop, drop and roll under your desk. i hear it's where you're suppose to go from the governator.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous christina said...

heh. the last comment is mine. how have i mananged to make this so difficult?!

2:56 PM  
Blogger jarsyl said...

Hi there Christina! Thanks for reading. The Governator is still in office over there?

Marc- these earthquakes certainly get my heart rate up.

7:42 PM  

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