Kyocera is running, since last April, the largest floating solar power plant in the world in Kagoshima. It has 11,250 solar modules and it generates above 3,000 MWh per year in total. The installation is ready to withstand winds of more than 200km/h and also earthquakes and tsunamis. It seems having solar panels on the sea it is more efficient because the water acts as a natural cooler. Also, it helps the ecosystem (There is more algae below the power plant and fish are thriving).
It is a good business and Kyocera has started to build another solar island in Chiba that will be two times the size of the one in Kagoshima. It will have an installed capacity of 14W.
It doesn’t look very “natural” but I prefer a world filled with solar islands instead of oil platforms.
More info at Kyocera news.
This has been the first year that I have taken more pictures with my iPhone than with my “traditional” cameras (Nikon D800 and Fuji X100). I don’t know if it’s laziness or that the difference in quality between a photo taken with a 2kg Nikon D800+24-70mm and a smartphone weighting less than 200 grams is much less than years ago.
These are my best pictures from instagram judging from the number of likes, which it doesn’t mean that they are good pictures per se. I have selected all the pictures from last year with more than 400 likes.
Before living in Japan I didn’t have any interest photography, now it is my passion. My interest started back in 2005 after seeing in action two great Japanese photographers taking pictures in Shinjuku: Moriyama Daido and Nobuyoshi Araki. I didn’t know it at the time, but they were and they still are two of the greatest Japanese photographers ever. I was fascinated by how they merged into the crowd with their little cameras. There was something about the passion they showed that captivated me.
I’ve been trying many types of photography during the years. Even though I like taking all types of pictures I’ve found that what I enjoy the most is doing the same as Araki and Moriyama: walking the streets and capture moments and people. I like the feeling of capturing a very unique moment on the street: a gesture, a group of people talking, leg shadows merging with neon lights reflected on rain water.
Capcom will open a cafeteria and restaurant in Saitama by the end of this month. They will serve potion drinks and food with various ornaments inspired by Capcom video-games, most of them from Monster Hunter X. Next to the coffee shop they will also open a shop with exclusive merchandising.
Until now dogs where the most popular pet in Japan but the “Japan Pet Food Association” has announced that the dog population is decreasing and the cats are taking over.
If nothing changes there will be more cats than dogs by the end of 2015. Dogs and cats will population will total more than 20 million.
Meanwhile, human population in Japan keeps decreasing.
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Hidekichi Miyazaki, born in Kyoto 105 years ago, run this weekend 100 meters in 42.22 seconds. With this time he set a new World Record for his category of elder between 105 and 109 years old. It was a bittersweet record since his objective was to finish the 100 meters sprint in 35 seconds. I guess we must not be fully satisfied in order to keep living 🙂
Vía News on Japan
Japan Railways just announced that the connexion using the Seikan tunnel (53km long under the sea) with shinkansen bullet trains between Shin-Hakodate and Shin-Aomori will start operating next March. This will be the first time that the famous shinkansen bullet trains operates in the northern Japanese island. When the the rest of the currently under-construction sections are finished it will be posible to travel from Sapporo until Tokio in four hours by train. It will also be posible to move from Sapporo until Kagoshima, separated by more than 1500km using only bullet trains… but for this case it will still probably be much better to use planes 🙂
Inauguration ceremony. Photo by Asahi.com
By 2020 we will be able to travel from Tokyo to Sapporo in four hours riding the bullet train
More information at JR website
Mount Aso in Kyushu erupted yesterday. The smoke column reached today 4km into the sky! In one week we had weird earthquake in Tokyo, floods, typhoons and now a volcano erupting. Please, mother earth, give us a rest, the last thing we need is an alien invasion to feel like the people living in Sim City.
This weekend sushi could be seen navigating the Osaka river. It is an artistic performance part of the “Osaka Canvas Project” where artists are free to use their creativity to beautify the streets of the city. I love the idea, so simple but at the same time so surprising, it reminds me the giant rubber duck.