One Year: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

Japan, Life


Japan marked the one year anniversary of one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history.

At 14:46 on March 11, 2012, the nation came to a standstill as an one-minute moment of silence was observed. I also participated from the East Coast of Canada, at 00:46 of March 11, 2012 in marking this tragic anniversary.

As I have mentioned to some of my friends and twitter followers, my continued interest with the earthquake and tsunami roots from the fact that I experienced the Great Hanshin earthquake while I lived in Kaisai region. Though I was not in the hardest hit city of Kobe, the experience of Shindo 4 when I was merely 5 years old forever etches certain things into your mind.

In the aftermath, I spent three sleepless weeks as I followed every incident happening in my homeland. You have no idea how it feels to be so helpless as you watch your homeland face a crisis not unlike that of war.

I hope some of the people reading this will convey on the message from the Emperor, the Japanese people and supporters of Japan throughout the world, that:

I deeply thank the people of the world who gave tremendous support to the people of Japan in this time of need.

                                                                                                       – Emperor Akihito

Remember that life is precious but fragile. Enjoy the joys of living, because to borrow a famous quote, the day you wasted is a day that someone else wanted to live.

Important Notice about blog


Hey guys.

It’s been some time since I’ve updated this blog.

As some may have discovered already, I have started working at Research In Motion, the makers of BlackBerry smartphones beginning this January.

This means that I have significantly less time every day for myself, as I work a 8-9 hour day. This leaves practically no time left for any of my hobbies, much less updating the blog frequently with new articles.


As such, this blog will be put on hiatus for the forseeable future. All articles will remain, and the blog won’t be shut down, but there simply won’t be any regular updates for some time. I will still try to squeeze in an article once in a while, however.

It has been a great two years running this blog, and I really appreciate all the visitors that provided me with motivation to continue updating. I couldn’t have made it here without your support.



C81 Cosplay Collection!


The season is winter, and one thing is always on the mind of tens of millions of anime fans worldwide.

Comicket kicked off its 81st session at Tokyo Big Sight on 2011/12/29 to great fanfare.

Accompanying each Comicket session are the host of high-quality cosplayers decorating the scene. Although there are less of the revealing cosplays that you’ve seen with Comicket 80 (due to winter coldness), there are plenty for everyone to see.

Check out some of the best shots of the first day at Comicket 81.



See all images at 2ch matome.