Monday, March 14, 2011


Planned power outage for our area yesterday didn't happen. Next one scheduled for 10 minutes from now for 4 hours, so trying to type fast to get out of apartment before elevator turned off. Number of small quakes has gone down, but people still think that the chances for another big one are at 50%-70% till the end of the week. People are going into panic mode and snapping up supplies. Yesterday was the first time I've ever seen a store's shelves standing empty - Jason's looked gutted, with over half of their stock gone. Train service has been scaled back to save power, and I'm not sure when they'll be running out to my area to let me get into Shinjuku, then on to Akihabara for work. The office is starting to talk about opening again tonight, but I wouldn't be able to get back home afterward because of the trains so stuck between a rock and a hard place. Otherwise still doing ok.


The Kawasaki district bus system includes Noborito. And as such, the advertising promoting their buses also makes its way the 15-20 kilometers up river along the Tamagawa to the bus circle outside Noborito train station. I'd like to introduce to you the Kawasaki bus company mascot - Norufin. ("Noru" comes from the verb "to ride".) Nothing in Japan can't be made cuter through the use of manga mascots.

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