The Raglan Road of Tokyo

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Wednesday, September 24

Naked in the Quake

Saw a BBC World report yesterday on disaster drills in Tokyo, as 80 years on from the Great Kanto Earthquake, Tokyo is long overdue for its next "big one." The BBC reporter visits a disaster prevention center where he experiences a simulated version of a huge earthquake. The challenge is to turn off the gas and then get under a table before things start collapsing on him. He does quite well.

We actually had a pretty big earthquake in Tokyo on Saturday. I had just gotten out of the shower at the time. When the aftershocks finished about a minute later, my gas was still on, there was nobody under my table, but I had managed to find and put on a pair of boxer shorts, and was standing there bemused in my living room. Unlucky are those who are naked when the big one comes.

Which brings up some legal questions about public nudity and earthquakes. In hindsight, I should probably have gotten out of there quickly, and without clothes. If I had done so, I wonder would I have been arrested...

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Gaien Higashi Dori means Outer Gardens (of the Meiji Shrine) Ave. East. It is one of the beautiful big leafy avenues that winds through the center of Tokyo.

Raglan Road is a poem and song about love and loss by one of the finest Irish poets of the twentieth century, Patrick Kavanagh.