Doug Lerner reports from Tokyo and St. Louis, and points beyond…

Lonely fall leaves

This were taken just before, by the river. It has sort of a lonely feeling to it, but the lighting is interesting. You should be able to click on it and see it larger.

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The cherry blossoms along the Nakagawa here in Shinkoiwa are not in full bloom yet. And the day is a little hazy. I think it will take another few days before they are in full bloom. I’ll keep checking. Still, they look nice.

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I cycled down to the Nakagawa and can confirm that the sakura are, indeed, starting to bloom. Just a very few so far. I believe the prediction is for full bloom about 10 days from now.

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I don’t know why, but sometimes Monta likes hanging out on top of his swing instead of on the perch of his swing. It seems like a very unnatural, uncomfortable place to sit. But he likes it.

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5 years ago today

It was 5 years ago today. I was at the supermarket and thought I felt a rumbling sensation. I asked the store clerk and he didn’t feel anything. Then shelves started swaying and things started falling down. I left quickly for the exit, encouraging others to leave as well.

Outside I had to hold onto a bicycle rack to stop from falling over. It was clear that this was the largest earthquake I had ever experienced.

People milled around outside for a while, and then the store manager announced they were closed for the rest of the day.

I headed back to my house, where I found neighbours hanging around outside and heard for the first time it was the largest earthquake in Japan’s history, a magnitude 9.

Inside, I found a lot of things had fallen down, including ceiling light fixtures. But mostly everything was OK.

The phones were down, and the trains had totally stopped, but amazingly the Internet kept on running.

After that everybody knows what happened.

It was 2:46 pm today. I’ll never forget it.

An article worth glancing at about “the woman in the blanket” – then and now.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002801793

From Yahoo Politics, Reuters and the NY Times:

The national GOP committee will essentially concede the election to Hillary if Trump wins the nomination.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has assured Senate candidates running for reelection that they can run ads against Donald Trump even if he wins the GOP nomination for president.

According to the New York Times, senators attending private lunches with the Majority Leader have been advised to take the position that Donald Trump will lose badly in the general election and should prepare themselves for a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got some good Super Tuesday news on Saturday night: an endorsement by the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

“We believe Clinton is the clear choice over Sanders for heart and head alike. A force on the national landscape for more than 30 years, Clinton has distinguished herself in foreign and domestic policy in ways that make her well-suited to represent the party in November,” the Star-Tribune editorial said.

The endorsement is a blow to Sanders, as Minnesota is a priority target of the roughly dozen contests on Super Tuesday. The editorial said Sanders’ vow to bring a political revolution has not been backed up by specifics on how he would do that.

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