Tabi - unique Japanese socks
History. Prior to the 1500’s only the upper class in Japan wore socks. In ancient times the upper class wore what is called shitauzu. These were fashioned from soft leather or silk and weren’t divided. The warrior class wore shitauzu of dyed leather with designs. Above is a pair of leather shitauzu from the mid-Momoyama period (1573-1600) (image courtesy The Tokugawa Art Museum,...
93 billion becquerels a day may still be leaking...
The amount of radioactive cesium in the seawater within the harbour at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has remained constant for some time now indicating that there is a steady flow into the harbour from the stricken nuclear power plant. Tõkyõ University of Marine Science and Technology conducted its own independent research to ascertain as to why the density of cesium-137 in the seawater in the...
Still shaken, two years later....
It is still heart wrenching as we speak with family about this fateful day two years ago. We have been talking with family up in the north of Japan today, and things aren’t getting much better. 315196 people are still today without a permanent home and are living in cramped temporary housing, our family among them. We’ve sent a bouquet to my wife’s uncle whose wife died during...