Posts Tagged ‘japan’


Happy Friday from Japan, where anything goes!

Thanks, Roshen.

Nuclear Samurai

When unconscionable tragedy strikes a people can go any number of ways. Thinking back to recent natural disasters, we’ve seen hopelessness, anger, looting, depression, and despair. We’ve also seen solidarity, perseverance, and extraordinarily stubborn commitment to the cause.

Thankfully, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan have given way to far less of the former and much more of the latter. Case and point? The ‘nuclear samurai.’

News Group Newspapers

These real live superheroes have spent the past three weeks jeopardizing their health for the good of the Japanese people, its earth, its animals. In keeping with the general disposition of the Japanese citizenry since tragedy struck, they have done their most daunting work nobly and with very little fanfare.

The samurai have families. Some of them even have other jobs–they’re just braving the radioactive elements to provide for their people in what is certain to be tough economic times. We can assume their pay will never equal their sacrifice.

Let’s hear it for the heroes.

Double-Down: Compassionate Canines

The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.” – Mark Twain

In light of recent world events, some of you might be developing some un-Goodosphere-like attitudes about your fellow man or at least a few of them. But do not despair! We need only look to man’s best friends for a shining example of how to treat each other.

This Japanese video is making headlines worldwide. It shows a camera crew stumbling upon a frantic pooch amidst the destruction in the Arahama area of Japan. As it turned out, the lovable mutt had been faithfully watching over another dog- presumably a chum- who’d been injured in the disaster.

If the loyalty and compassion dogs are capable of was in doubt- here’s another testament to it from deep in the Goodo-archives:

Looks like good ol’ Mark (or Sam) had it right a 100 years ago.

A Beautiful Volcano Eruption

Kirishima Volcano – Kyushu, Japan
[via @Reillymj]