Kyudo Notebook: Practice in Chaos

It’s been pretty crazy around here for the past week, so I didn’t get a chance to post anything. First, many thanks to people who asked how we were doing. We were untouched here by the earthquake, and are far enough inland that the tsunami was not a factor, but working with what’s left has still been a little difficult. We have some friends who are living close to the Daiichi nuclear power complex, others have been asking us to try to locate relatives, and trying to stay on top of what is happening is draining, but what else to do? Right now they are telling volunteers to pretty much stay away: you’d just eat food and drink water that people there desperately need, but once things stabilize we will try to help.

In the midst of it I was able to go to the dojo a couple of times. It’s an island of sanity.

Meanwhile here is a collection of links I’ve been paying attention to. Maybe some will be useful to people:

  • NHK Person Finder with information on people in evacuation centres. Their data is still very incomplete, so not finding a person doesn’t mean all is lost. Many centres don’t have good communication. Still, if you’re looking for someone and their name comes up, it’s worth it.
  • Latest NHK news updates on the crisis as a whole.
  • Radiation monitoring in areas close to Japan’s nuclear power plants. Unfortunately their sensors in Fukushima and Miyagi are still offline, either because they were destroyed, lack power, or can’t communicate (needs Flash).
  • Radiation monitoring in other areas, primarily Tokyo. This site is very disorganized but there is some good data to be found if you search.
  • Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has occasional updates. They also have an English page that summarizes the previous day’s data. This tends to be technical, but at a time when the media don’t seem to really understand what they are talking about, that’s useful.
  • Projected wind trajectory from the Daiichi plant based on current weather information and prediction models. Since they are venting radioactive materials into the air, much depends on which way the wind is blowing. It’s in Finnish but you can get the idea.
  • Weather conditions and forecast in Sendai, which seems to be the closest weather station available.
  • NHK World television live streaming (often directly in English or with English voiceover). Excellent source of semi-independent information. They station a helicopter 30km away from the plant during daylight hours.

Meanwhile with all this going on, all the other dangers of life continue as usual. Please take care.

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5 Responses to Kyudo Notebook: Practice in Chaos

  1. karamatsu says:

    By the way, something I’ve noticed in paying attention to both the Japanese media and the Western media covering at least the nuclear incident is that Japanese media tend to be very restrained, to the point of deliberately concealing information. The Western media, on the other hand, seem to focus on whatever is most dramatic and tend to exaggerate or at least emphasize the worst case. The truth is often somewhere in between, or perhaps more precisely somewhere behind, but concealed by both.

  2. Zen says:

    Yes, true, The western media is all about headline and drama. It is good to read from you.

  3. Cor-san says:

    Thanks for the update. I am very glad that you haven’t suffered from the disaster. But at the same time it feels very unreal (selfish by proxy … that sort of seems to covers the sentiment) to write it because so many others have and still are suffering.

    I am still hoping for as least possible number of casualties and damage, but what’s one persons’ prayer against the force of nature?

    Keep up your wonderfully instructive blogs, they are helping me a lot with my kyudo (I am “suffering” from the same problems as you are, but you somehow are able to put them to words very well).

  4. Tom says:

    Glad to hear from you again, and that you and your family are in good health.

  5. Zen says:

    It is said, meditation in chaos is better , than meditation in quiet…wonder if the same is true for Kyudo practice…

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