July 27th, 2009
|04:16 pm - YAY~!! One more step closer to going to Japan~|
YAY!!! I GOT A PLACEMENT IN JAPAN! I believe it's in Nagasaki if I heard my recruiter right, the phone connection was a bit static-y (kind of depressing that when I went to google up images the first several pages of results were of the bombing ;A;), starting in early December :D He's going to send me the detailed info to me tomorrow, I'll have a few days to think it over, talk it over with mom, and then it could all be set!! Wah, I'm SO EXCITED!!
(Btw, I've always kind of wondered about this. The two a-bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, wouldn't the radiation still be there? I mean I'm assuming since the cities have been rebuilt that the grounds have been deemed safe for human inhabitancy, but if my chemistry teacher from high school didn't deceive me doesn't the radiation from radiactive chemicals like those contained in the a-bombs stay forever? Like their effects lessen over time, the radioactivity halves every so many years depending on the element, but half of half is never zero right? Hmmm...)
Nagasaki is beeeeeeeautiful!
Did you go visit while you were in Japan?? I'm so excited :D You're going over earlier than me right? Early fall if I remember from you lj posts? Where are you stationed? If it's close we can get to hang out more often :D
Unfortunately we're not anywhere near each other; you're in Kyushuu and I'm in Tohoku. I'm going to Iwaki, Fukushima, which is about two hours north of Tokyo. And, I'm leaving on Saturday!
However, you're super close to Korea down there and I think I'm going to go visit a friend in Korea over Christmas/New Years. I might just come down and go across on the ferry if you're going to be down there. Then I can visit both of you!
Yeah I am, do you know how excited I was when I saw on wiki's page for Nagasaki that the average lowest temperature at anytime of the year doesn't cross into the minuses?!?! </b></i>Hallejuah </b></i>(Or however you spell it)!!
My mom's also been edging me on to visit my dad and relatives in Beijing sometime over the year I'm in Japan since it's such a shorter flight from Japan to China than Canada to China~
^_____^ Yay, no snow/cold temperatures... especially coming from Ottawa! XD Fukushima isn't as hot as where you're going to be, but because it's on the Pacific coast (4km from the beach), it has the same climate as Vancouver in the winter... but without the snow or rain. I can settle for that. And if it's still too cold... I'm coming down and taking shelter in your tropical paradise!
Are you just doing one year in Japan? Do you think you might want to stay any longer?
You have to stay in Japan long enough to take a vacation with me to China! I want to see your homelaaaaaaaaaaand. And, I don't think (want) to do without knowing any Chinese! XD Plus, I'm sure you know where all the best places to go are!
It'll be nice that you'll be so close to your dad, eh? Yay for shorter plane rides! ^^
I want to try and stay in Japan for at least 2 years if not 3. I think as long as I don't end up finding the job absolutely unbearable for whatever reason I'll be extending my contract so long as they offer it.
Yay!! We should TOTALLY go visit China together, omg if we go for Chinese New Years I can only imagine how much food my relatives will throw our way *O* And the cheap shopping~
I think there are still chemicals from Chernobyl around, but I think Nagasaki and Hiroshima are fine. Maybe if you got knocked up you'd have to worry about that? Well, that's what happened to one of the girls in Gunslinger Girl who was born around the time/place of Chernobyl. Volume 6 if you want to take a look.
And that is... SO COOL! 8DDDDDD
Lol, well I don't plan to get knocked up in Japan
or ever so no worries there. I'll let you know if I come home with an extra finger or something though XD
Nagasaki and Chernobyl were two different situations, which is why the residual radiation levels are different...Chernobyl was a nuclear power plant disaster, which is why you are still advised to stay on the road if you take a tour (and stay away from certain areas). The sarcophagus enclosing the no. 4 reactor is starting to crack O_____O. Photos of the zone are super creepy because it looks like time froze in 1986.
Most of the residual radiation from the a-bomb was released within 24 hours and today you'd find the same amount of natural radiation elsewhere. Apparently Nagasaki is now completely reliant on nuclear power.
We should go to the Diefenbunker before you leave. They have an exhibit on Nagasaki and Hiroshima there.
Thanks for the information! I figured they were different, but now I have a much better picture in my mind. o_o
For some reason I kept thinking Chernobyl was in the US until I just googled it O__o;; Of all places in the world to tour I think I'd stay away from that one unless I have like...a terminally ill disease already or something.
Where's Diefenbunker? (aka is it reachable by our lovely OCTranspo? XD)
It's in Carp. I have no clue what kind of buses go through there...
Carp? O_o Reminds me of the fish...actually reminded me of magicarp, that pokemon for somer eason >__
Edited at 2009-07-29 02:00 pm (UTC)
Sagiri Seina, Chigi, my 'sienne, is from Nagasaki... whereabouts in Nagasaki, if you know? I know that there are very, very faint readings now, but it's no more so than places in the US that are near nuclear power plants.
No idea yet the precise location (such a big city O_O), but I'll post up details as soon as I get them in :D
Wow, awesome!! Congrats!! ^___^V
Haha, early Dec eh? I'm going to be in Tokyo in Dec for a couple days ;)
Maybe we can meet up, or whatever, if you don't mind/if your schedule is free/if you want to/if you can ^^v
**Yeaaaaaah, might have to do something about the "disclaimers" part of the above XD
OOh really?? That'd be awesome! We'll definitely have to keep each other updated and see if we can put something together :DD
Yup!! ^__^ Just keep on updating us with how you're doing over in Japan and we'll put something together nearer!! :D
Nagasaki is a nice, tidy town with an atmosphere. You'll like it. So glad for you! ^__^
Ooh, you've been? I saw in the photos (and on the map) that it's by water, which is awesome since I LOVE water-side cities (albeit I guess given how big the city is it's possible I'll be nowhere near the water, lol).
No unfortunately i havent been there. The southernmost where i've been is Shizuoka. But i've heard good things.
Its a carefully planned city. I mean, after the bombing a lot of ground had been cleared out... sad but true...