A modern pair of ornate hina dolls dressed in costumes made with silk from Gunma Prefecture. Gunma is known for silk production; the first mechanized silk mill in Japan was built in Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture during the early Meiji Period.
17.03.06 News Zero - 6 Years Since 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami - Sakurai Sho [English highlights]
Caster was having live broadcast at Tomioka-machi, Fukushima.
It has been six years since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
The evacuation order for part of Tomioka-machi is scheduled to be lifted on 1
April, the town office, moved to Koriyama-shi after disaster, resumed part of
its duties at Tomioka-machi today. Sakurai Caster went to the town office and
interviewed the staff. Commercial facilities and residential construction is
on-going to facilitate the residents moving back to the place. Many workers of
the commercial facilities lived in Tomioka-machi before the disaster. One staff
said that she would like to contribute to the revival of the place.
Tomioka-machi is around 10km
distance from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, after the
disaster the evacuation order was applied to the whole area of Tomioka-machi. On
1 April the evacuation order will be lifted for part of the machi and residents
can move back.
Sakurai Caster helped out the moving of the Tomioka town office. One town
office staff Horimoto-san said that town office moves back to
Tomioka-machi may make residents more relieved to come back. When Sakurai
Caster prompted the possible difficulties of moving back, Horimoto-san said
that there may be issues about travel to work or family issues, such as he
himself takes around one-hour travel to Tomioka-machi to work from his current shelter.
Sakurai Caster also visited the difficult-to-return zone. The crew gained
special permission to take a short-time coverage there. There is basically no
person there, while there is countless soil taken from decontamination. The
storage space for these soil from decontamination is up to 80ha, approximately 17 Tokyo Domes, while it is not yet known when
they will be further processed.
Sakurai Caster interviewed a lady used to lived in the difficult-to-return zone
before disaster and now moved to shelter in Iwaki-shi who expressed
unwillingness to return with her kids because of worry towards the Nuclear Power
Station. According to a survey to Tomioka-machi residents, 57.6% decided not to
return, 16.0% considered to return, 25.4% has not yet made decision (with 1.1%
Sakurai Caster interviewed physician Imamura-san who returned to the machi last
year. He has three days of medical practice at Tomioka-machi every week and
gains permission to stay in his home at Tomioka-machi during practice days. Sakurai
Caster helped the decontamination work for Imamura-san’s home last year. The evacuation
order for Imamura-san’s home is scheduled to be lifted in the coming month. Imamura-san
encounters problem in daily life in the sense that when he buys electric
appliances, the company does not deliver it to him. And he is unable to have
air-conditioner because the worker for installation work cannot yet enter the
zone to do the installation work.
At the end Sakurai Caster said that he felt the weight of six-year time. While commercial
facilities and other facilities re-open for the lifting of evacuation order, many
Tomioka-machi residents are reserved to return because of worries towards the Nuclear
Power Station etc. It seems that it would take time for the machi to return to
One of These Things Is Exactly Like the Others: A Meta
I made a few short tweets about this last year, but I wanted to go into more depth because I believe this is a seriously underappreciated gem for NaruMitsu fans. My Japanese is just beginner-level, so feel free to correct me. I also apologize for not having a proper scan of the first article. There don’t seem to be any out there and I didn’t want to damage my copy.
Now, let’s begin.
2016, Newtype magazine ran an interview with Atsuhiro Tomioka (series
composition) and Yuuki Kaji (Phoenix’s anime VA) about Phoenix and Edgeworth’s
relationship. The interview only covers the story through Turnabout Samurai, so there’s not much new there. The title, on the other hand:
Soulmate. While the word can be used platonically, it is most commonly used in a romantic sense. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is believed to have coined the term and there’s no ambiguity about his intention (emphasis mine):
To be happy in Married Life.
. .you must have a Soul-mate as well as a House or a Yoke-mate.
But why should we think the
romantic meaning is the one being used here? Well, the “SoulxMate” feature actually has three articles, each about a different pair of characters who “share the same destiny,” despite being opposites in most aspects. This is where it gets interesting.
First up we have Rokuro Enmado (left) and Benio Adashino (right) from Twin Star Exorcists. The article mentions that they are destined to fight evil spirits known as Kegare, but (strangely) omits one huge detail. From Wikipedia (again, emphasis mine):
According to prophecy, Rokuro and Benio are the “Twin Star Exorcists”, and are destined to marry and have a child known as the Miko, which will be the ultimate exorcist, capable of cleansing all evil spirits, or Kegare, from the world and ending the war that has lasted over a millennium.
Neither one is exactly thrilled with this arrangement and they butt heads often. Over time they become friends, and as for that prophecy…
…it appears to be playing out in both the manga and the truncated anime adaptation.
Next are childhood friends Hibiki Hagyuu and Ren Ekoda from Anne Happy.
Hibiki (left) has been in love with Ren (right) ever since they were children. Whether or not Ren sees her as more than a friend is unknown, as is noted at the end of the interview. The large text on the right reads “more than friends, less than lovers.” Then there’s the cover for their second character song CD:
Here we have two relationships where at least one character harbors romantic feelings for the other or develops them over the course of the story. By appearing in the same “SoulxMate” feature, Phoenix and Edgeworth are being presented as similar in some respect. And given what we know, what respect might we infer that is?
A super excited Yato and Yukine perfectly complement this adorable fishing scene with Ebisu and grouchy Daikoku in the corner. New art illustrated by key animator Takashi Tomioka for PASH! Magazine (Amazon Japan | US).
Inano Toshitsune (1858-1907)
A man stroking a woman’s pubic hair trying to arouse her. The
woman’s clitorial-hood swollen up from excitement and very visibly
protruding from between the labia.
In this painting Toshitsune bases the designon this image by Tomioka
Eisen which Toshishitsune interprets in his own unmistakable way and
A finely executed shunga painting on silk, a high quality painting of he Kyoto school with an attractive colour scheme.