Would you like to elope with

•April 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828 ) didn’ know his music could rock us in 2013.

NAMIE, a Japanese town… it was.

•March 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Imagery on Google Maps of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Town Namie-machi

Namie-machi is a small city in Fukushima Prefecture sitting along the coast of the Pacific. We are blessed with both ocean and mountains, and known as a place where you can experience both the beauty of the sea and the forests. Tragically, however, since the nuclear accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, all of Namie-machi’s 21,000 townspeople have had to flee their homes.

Two years have passed since the disaster, but people still aren’t allowed to enter Namie-machi. Many of the displaced townspeople have asked to see the current state of their city, and there are surely many people around the world who want a better sense of how the nuclear incident affected surrounding communities.

Working with Google, we were able to drive Street View cars through Namie-machi to capture panoramic images of the abandoned city exactly as it stands today. Starting today, this Street View imagery is available on Google Maps and the Memories for the Future site, so anyone from Namie or around the world can view it.

Here is one of Namie-machi’s main streets, which we often used for outdoor events like our big Ten Days of Autumn festival that saw 300 street stalls and 100,000 visitors.

Many buildings, like this one in the foreground, collapsed during the earthquake, and we still have not been able to remove them. We are also unable to repair damaged buildings and shops nor prepare them for the potential impact of further aftershocks.

This image shows an area located one kilometer inland from the Pacific Ocean. In the distance you can see Ukedo Elementary School. Nearby Ukedo Harbor once proudly boasted 140 fishing boats and 500 buildings, but suffered some of the worst tsunami damage. After being set off-limits, we have not been able to clean up the wreckage on the side of the road, including the many fishing boats that were washed several kilometers inland.

Ever since the March disaster, the rest of the world has been moving forward, and many places in Japan have started recovering. But in Namie-machi time stands still. With the lingering nuclear hazard, we have only been able to do cursory work for two whole years. We would greatly appreciate it if you viewed this Street View imagery to understand the current state of Namie-machi and the tremendous gravity of the situation.

Those of us in the older generation feel that we received this town from our forebearers, and we feel great pain that we cannot pass it down to our children. It has become our generation’s duty to make sure future generations understand the city’s history and culture—maybe even those who will not remember the Fukushima nuclear accident. We want this Street View imagery to become a permanent record of what happened to Namie-machi in the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.

Finally, I want to make a renewed commitment to recovering from the nuclear hazard. It may take many years and many people’s help, but we will never give up taking back our hometown.

Posted by Mr. Tamotsu Baba, Mayor of Namie-machi, Fukushima, Japan

(Cross-posted and translated from the Google Japan Blog)

Take a look on that desolate town here !

 

Pretty shirts, pretty girls

•February 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

A day of the PARIS fashion week.

BLUE VALENTINE

•February 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

BLUE VALENTINE

She sends me blue valentines
All the way from philadelphia
To mark the anniversary
Of someone that I used to be
And it feels just like there’s
A warrant out for my arrest
Got me checkin in my rearview mirror
And Im always on the run
That’s why I changed my name
And I didn’t think you’d ever find me here

Valentine's

To send me blue valentines
Like half forgotten dreams
Like a pebble in my shoe
As I walk these streets
And the ghost of your memory
Is the thistle in the kiss
And the burgler that can break a roses neck
Its the tatooed broken promise
That I hide beneath my sleeve
And I see you every time I turn my back

She sends me blue valentines
Though I try to remain at large
They’re insisting that our love
Must have a eulogy
Why do I save all of this madness
In the nightstand drawer
There to haunt upon my shoulders
Baby I know
Id be luckier to walk around everywhere I go
With a blind and broken heart
That sleeps beneath my lapel

She sends me my blue valentines
To remind me of my cardinal sin
I can never wash the guilt
Or get these bloodstains off my handa
And it takes a lot of whiskey
To take this nightmares go away
And I cut my bleedin heart out every nite
And I die a little more on each st. valentines day
Remember that I promised I would
Write you…
These blue valentines
Blue valentines
Blue valentines

TOM WAITS

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Bicycle in Paris, riding home

•January 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Paris,  winter evening. Riding my bicycle. Some dreaming music in my mp3 headset.

 

 

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Iphone/Iphone plugged on car radio

•January 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Better than radio, better than audio tapes, better than audio CD, a Mp3,  Ipod or an Iphone plugged on the car radio. My old car has no plug for.

MIURA company
46, boulevard Murat
F-75016 PARIS
Tél 01 46 51 55 59
Fax 01 46 51 57 89

Succeed to set it, using the CD reader wires.
Price of this miracle 250 €.

MIURA
Now I can listen to my music (12.500 songs) driving my car.

Good job !

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Waiting for Spring

•January 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Waiting for Mr SPRING.

Just for a ride onmy old bike, a cool music sounding in my helmet.