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  1. At the moment no one wants to go to Japan, although I'm living as usual for now.

    If you are a healthy and brave young man/woman, you still might come to Japan. If you are not young or have any health problem(s), you have a high risk of seriousness.

    When you arrive in Japan, please install an application on your mobile phone.

    You will have access to information in various languages in times of disaster.

    Safety tips

    Android:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.rcsc.safetyTips.android

    iPhone

    https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/safety-tips/id858357174?mt=8

     

    Through the app, the Japan Tourism Agency automatically sends you international visitors early warnings about earthquakes, tsunamis, severe weather, volcanic eruptions, and ballistic missiles (please go to  Kanashikute Yarikirenai cpukforum and bear and missile cpukforum). You can also check how to evacuate. And you can get contact information for hospitals.

     The Safety tips service is provided in eleven languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Tagalog, Nepali and Japanese. The agency plans to add Khmer, Burmese, and Mongolian by the end of March in 2020.

     

    Another risk other than health issues.

    As of today, the number of people infected in Japan is about 300 (excluding those infected on the cruise ship. I am very sorry that some of the cruise ship passengers have died.). The number of infected people is increasing daily but sporadic. I don't know why Japan is not going to be like what is happening in Italy or Korea for the moment. One theory states that they simply did not test for enough virus infection. This week, virus testing seems to be covered by insurance. Japan has adopted the system of the public health insurance for the whole nation. The Japanese people usually pay 10% to 30% of medical expenses. High medical costs are capped and are exempted based on income. Until now, inspections were conducted free of charge by government agencies, but the inspection capacity (number) per day was low. This cover will increase the number of tests per day as private laboratories enter the testing service and the government will cover the out-of-pocket expenses. The inspection capacity of private inspection organizations in Japan is said to be tens of thousands to 200,000 per day. But so far, looking at the situation in the city, not much will be tested. If many people are screened, tens of thousands of infected people might be found. Or we might find that there are not many infected people.

    What I would like to say:

    The situation can change suddenly and dramatically. Maybe you will enjoy your stay in Japan. But if things change during your stay, you may be quarantined in your home country for two weeks. If you are a student, the damage may be small. If you are an adult, the damage may be great.

     

    May your countries succeed to contain the COVID-19!

     

    p.s.

    The Japanese government just announced: Request that people entering from China and South Korea be quarantined for two weeks at locations (facilities?) designated by the Japanese government.

     


  2. There appears to be some criticism from some press for Japan's response to the cruise ship.

     

    Such as:

    "The Japanese government can't cope with the problem." “The Japanese government is doing what it should not do." "The ship is a hot spot for virus transmission. The Japanese government is trying to have a pandemic."

     

    That's true, but possibly there is a misunderstanding. It may be reported daily that "dozens of infected people have been identified among passengers and crew." This does not necessarily mean that the infection spread after the ship arrived at Yokohama Port. It is said that the budget for disease control in Japan is smaller than in other countries. Because of that?, Japan does not have the ability to test for viral infections of thousands of people in one day. The inspection ability in Yokohama is a few hundred in a day. People who are suspected of infection are inspected for infection in priority order. Of course some passengers may have been infected after arriving at Yokohama port.

    Passengers confirmed infected are isolated and cared for in hospitals. Some are cared for in an intensive care unit. If Japan had refused to enter the ship, they might have been dead.

     

    An American passenger expressed his opinion. Summary: We (he and his wife) have been stuck in our room for a long time. We will be released a few days later, if the virus test is negative. On a rescue plane prepared by the United States government, we must stay in the same space with the potentially infected person for an extended period of time. Moreover we will be quarantined at a U.S. military base for another two weeks. This is not reasonable.

     

    Perhaps other international ports (of countries that accuse Japan’s response) have facilities that can isolate thousands of people. Unfortunately, there is no such facility in Japan.

     

    Optimistic experts say it can prevent the spread of infection in Japan.

    Pessimistic experts say there are tens of thousands of infected people in Japan. The reason for the inference was that tons of tourists from Wuhan stayed in Japan last month.

     

    A nosocomial infection occurred at a hospital in Wakayama Prefecture.

    Several infected individuals with unknown routes of transmission have been found.


  3. 12 hours ago, JMHoff said:

    Hi @PofW_Feathers, I guess you're located in Japan and me being one of those planning a trip there for the ICPS,  wanted to ask you about the situation with the corona virus. I've heard of many people cancelling their trips to Japan but I wanted to hear from someone living there before making any decision. Thanks a lot

     

    Dear JMHoff-san,

     

    Konnichiwa!:smile:

     

    First of all, I would not be in the proper position to answer your question. I will share my personal thoughts with you.

    I do not attend the ICPS international conference. It is not related to the COVID-19. I never want the ICPS board members or the international conference officials to discuss something in this thread.  So please post your question(s) to

    https://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?/topic/63013-icps-conference-2020/

    or

    http://icps.proboards.com/thread/7611/icps-conference-2020

     

    The following is my thoughts,

     

    It may be reported "The number of infected people in Japan is the second highest after China".

    There are two main reasons:

    1) One cruise ship has arrived at Yokohama Port. Passengers and crew are isolated on board. There are many infected people. People who have been infected are quarantined in hospitals.

    The situation on board may worsen.

    2) The Japanese government rescued Japanese people in Wuhan, China by charter flights. Although they are quarantined, some are infected by the virus.

    It has started to be released from those who have passed the isolation period, which is supposed the incubation period, (and were negative for virus testing.).

     

    I don't think I will be infected with the COVID-19 even if I am staying at some tourist spot in Japan today.

     

    However, the situation may change significantly. Its infectivity looks stronger than WHO says. A Japanese quarantine officer on the cruise ship was infected. If he is not an idiot, the virus is highly contagious.

    Failure to contain the virus may cause the Olympic Games to be halted.

    If I were you, I would see if "the infection in the streets of Japan begins or not".

    If you are now making a decision and are afraid of a virus infection, you may have to cancel. If you have time to make a decision, please wait until the deadline.

     

    I will post something here if the situation in the city gets worse. It seems that an infected woman who took antipyretic drugs was able to enter France.

     

     

    Again

    Please post your question(s) to

    https://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?/topic/63013-icps-conference-2020/

    or

    http://icps.proboards.com/thread/7611/icps-conference-2020

     

    Kind regards from the Far East

     


  4. Tourist attractions

    Temple

     

    Festivals
    Danjiri (for beginners), Kishiwada in Osaka

    Danjiri (Don't watch it if you have a heart problem.)


    Sanja, Asakusa in Tokyo


    Nebuta in Aomori

    Onbashira in Nagano


    Soma Noma Oi in Fukushima

     

    Traditional Japanese inn

     


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    How the Samurai things started...(English sub)

     

     

    Reviews

     

    I don't know what they are talking....

    For the French speakers,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beWV9qeaRes

     

    For the Italian speakers,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHWM7na_MmY

     

    For the Portuguese speakers,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoEkEGNUhnc

     

    For the Spanish speakers,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTkl_3y88z4


  6. You may often see such kind of Japanese packaging way at the stores.

    I know it is notorious as "overdo" or "a wasteful use of the packing material as resources", that was considered by many people and was severely criticized.

     

    A few of them might change their mind after watching the next video.

     

    You can turn on English sub.

     

     

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  7. A few of you may be planning to come to Japan especially in 2020. The Olympic&Paralympic games or the ICPS conference, I don't know much about both. Anyway, whatever your purpose, probably you have extra time to stay in Japan other than the main purpose.

     

    I would post videos as many as I could. You might find tips of enjoying Japan. I would post 2 or 3 videos every few days or few weeks. Hopefully you may be able to find a couple of interesting stuff. I would choose videos mainly from Japanology series. All episodes are wholesome and informative. Although many of them have a sound problem.

     

    Please don't ask me any question in this thread or PM. I am quite useless. I met a friend of mine from Germany, who is a famous pitcher plants taxonomist, in Tokyo in the spring of 2019. It was the first time I met him, who has been a good friend of mine since I joined the cp-listserv in 1994. I needed Google Maps. And when I tried to buy our tickets at the subway station, the ticket machine continued to ignore me with my wrong operation. A young woman offered to help us purchase our tickets. How embarrassing! I had lived in Tokyo for 26 years since I was born, and then have lived in the prefecture(s) next to Tokyo though!!! lol. How many decades since I left Tokyo? I won't mention.

     

     EDIT

     Some videos are no longer watchable. So I have decided to replace them with alternatives (shorter ones).
    You can watch some episodes of Japanology plus on demand (free). Please go to the NHK world, if you are interested in.

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/program/video/japanologyplus/?type=tvEpisode&  

    Ekiben

     

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    These pseudo Japanese songs were composed by two Belgian guys. Whether good or bad, I didn't know this album in 1971. People say "weird, ridiculous, crazy, bizarre, odd, strange, gibberish..." Probably it was an experimental project.

    The screaming guy in the first track, I can catch the half of his talk. Musicians may be geniuses at language.

     

    01. Yamasuki

    This song was played in an American movie that related to Fargo (movie).

    The related scenes:

     

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (I don't watch this movie.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yilhJXnTmts

     

    Fargo (movie)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15uK_izuKKY

     

    You can also watch/have watched the same location in Fargo TV series Season 1 Episode 4 & 6.

     

    07. Yama Yama

    This song was played in the season 2 episode 3 of Fargo TV series.

     

    11, 02:

     

    11 & 02 have been played as the theme songs on a popular cooking program(farmers' cuisines) with Japanese public broadcasting (NHK)「まんぷく農家メシ」.

     

    And 11 was performed in YA-NE-SEN a Go Go (rotoscope animation).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN_62MmQBqQ


  9. How to remove Nepenthes seed husk (testa) in the most elemental fashion way.

     

    Konnichiwa!

     

    I have not yet obtained any USB camera for my microscope. I have been notorious for being clumsy since I was a child. In fact I have never met any person, who is clumsier than me. They used to say mumble such as "You have two left hands!" "Your fingers are all thumbs!". They call me all sorts of names under the sun. I have to admit, they, all people around me, are cleaver with their fingers.

    The stereoscopic microscope of mine is not trinocular, but a binocular one. A mobile phone was attached to the left eyepiece(ocular lens). Consequently I was looking the objects through the right eyepiece with my left eye. Thus the operation was a clumsiest manual fashion of this clumsy guy. Therefore, the process can be done smarter and speedier by anyone, no matter how clumsy he/she is.

    Until someone discloses much better method, please use it as reference, if you are interested in. But then again, the removing Nepenthes seed husk is not a point, the important thing is how to get better germination from old Nepenthes seeds. As I wrote, it is a primitive manner. I believe it is not the only alternative seeding method of preparing for getting seedlings from old Nepenthes seeds or moldy ones.

     

    Kind regards from the Far East

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu29bZhwLyc&feature=youtu.be


  10. Update 06

    I took the photos on May 16 in 2018.

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

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  11. Update 05

    I took the photos on April 12 in 2018.

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

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  12. Konnichiwa!

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    I took the photo on March 06 in 2018.

    After I took the above photo, I sowed these seeds. It seems the old seedlings have the strength to push through their seed husk.

     

    I took the following photos on April 12 in 2018.

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    The germination from 5 years old Nepenthes eymae seeds (stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

    Though I don't understand the conditions for the appropriate storage of the Nepenthes seeds, it seems viability among Nepenthes seeds is a lot longer than what we may think and have/may read, as N_CloudySkies-san said on TF (page 4).

     

    Kind regards from the Far East

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  13. On ‎2018‎年‎4‎月‎4‎日 at 11:24 PM, PofW_Feathers said:

    Is there anybody being familiar with the technical terms?

    I call what I removed the Nepenthes seed husk. Some members on TerraForums, where I am stubborn, arrogant, and....:smile:, call it the Nepenthes seed coat. TerraForums

    The membrane that I provisionally call the seed coat still wraps the actual seed, except the one end where the root will be emerging. It still seems to protect the seed.

    I illustrate it by using the peanut though it is improper.

    Could anyone explain the technical terms?

     

     

    On ‎2018‎年‎4‎月‎5‎日 at 9:05 AM, Whitefox said:

    That process is called scarification:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarification_(botany)

     

    It is done to help germination, in particular to seeds that have a hard coat or that are inhibited from germinating until it goes through an animal's digestive tract or suffers some physical damage. For that some seeds are quickly submerged in acid or polished to remove its protection.

     

    I did it a few times with citrus seeds (removing the peel), but never seen it being done to carnivorous plant seeds before.

     

    Konnichiwa!

     

    Dear Whitefox-san,

    Thank you very much! “scarification”!…. a bit scary…

    Some growers remove Ibicella seed husk in my country.

     

    Jan-san (Dr. Jan Schlauer), who has been a good friend of mine since I joined the cp-listserve in 1994, answered my question.

    ......

    Regarding the seed coat, this is the commonly used term. The external form and the mechanical properties of the seed are defined by the outer layer that is called testa. Additionally the embryo is included in the inner (protective) layer that is called tegmen and is a thin membranous peel in Nepenthes. Other seeds have endosperm that additionally surrounds the embryo, but in Nepenthes the endosperm is not well developed or lacking whatsoever.

    ......

     

    Kind regards from the Far East


  14. Konnichiwa!

    Is there anybody being familiar with the technical terms?

    I call what I removed the Nepenthes seed husk. Some members on TerraForums, where I am stubborn, arrogant, and....:smile:, call it the Nepenthes seed coat. TerraForums

    The membrane that I provisionally call the seed coat still wraps the actual seed, except the one end where the root will be emerging. It still seems to protect the seed.

    I illustrate it by using the peanut though it is improper.

    Could anyone explain the technical terms?

    Kind regards from the Far East

     

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    Nepenthes eymae: the part that put a red ring around, the membrane doesn't exist originally there.

     

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    Peanut: the part that put a red ring around, I artificially removed the coat.


  15. Update 04

     

    Konnichiwa!

    If you agree to my claim that these seedlings are Nepenthes, please share your experiences or your opinion about "How old is too old?". I think nobody denies your experience even if it would be contrary to common belief. At least I never deny your experience.

    Kind regards from the Far East

     

    I took all photos on April 02 in 2018.

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    Nepenthes eymae (from the seeds stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes eymae (from the seeds stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes eymae (from the seeds stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes eymae (from the seeds stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes eymae (from the seeds stored for 5 years in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes eymae (from the seeds stored for 5 years in refrigerator)


  16. Konnichiwa!

    While waiting for the update04,

    I took all photos on March 28 in 2018.

    I have been confused about the opinion that is the cold storage damages Nepenthes seeds.

    The other experiences that contradict this opinion, though much shorter period than N. eymae (storage for 5 years in refrigerator).

     

    I sowed N. aff. truncata seeds in a plastic container in August 2016, though they(plants) still have been neglected in the plastic container. I stored the remainder of the seeds into the refrigerator, with no silica gel. I sowed them in vitro on March 6 in 2017 (> 6 months old). I transplanted them once. Please see attached photos.

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    N. aff. truncata in vitro(from the seeds stored for > 6 months in refrigerator)

     

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    N. aff. truncata in vitro (from the seeds stored for > 6 months in refrigerator)

     

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    N. aff. truncata in vitro (from the seeds stored for > 6 months in refrigerator)

     

    I got N. peltata seeds from my friend on March 28 in 2017. I sowed almost N. peltata seeds in vitro on March 30 in 2017. Please see attached photos

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    Nepenthes peltata in vitro

     

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    Nepenthes peltata in vitro

     

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    Nepenthes peltata in vitro

     

    The seed appearance resembled, if anything, N. northiana & N. suratensis. Please see attached photo

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    The seed husk of N. peltata.

     

    I stored the remainder of seeds (very small numbers) into the refrigerator, with no silica gel. I sowed them in the plastic container on February 9 in 2018 (10 months old, stored for 10 months in refrigerator). Please see attached photos.

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    Nepenthes peltata (from the seeds stored for 10 months in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes peltata (from the seeds stored for 10 months in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes peltata (from the seeds stored for 10 months in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes peltata (from the seeds stored for 10 months in refrigerator)

     

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    Nepenthes peltata (from the seeds stored for 10 months in refrigerator)

     

    My question is “How long does the cold storage damage Nepenthes seeds?”.

     

    Kind regards from the Far East


  17. update 02

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    About storage,

    My thought for the moment,

    1: the seeds should be high quality in the first place.

    2: cold storage is necessary.

    3: keep or control the seed moisture content (IMPORTANT)

    4: inhibit propagation of bacteria and fungus

    5: something I have no idea


  18. While waiting for the update02,

    I am not sure it is an appropriate thing species being categorized as Lowlanders, Intermediate or Highlanders, so far as the seed viability. But, among Lowlanders, the appearance of N. northiana seed is significantly different from N. ampullaria. We probably should consider to separate N. northiana from the amp/raff/bical group. What do you think of it?

    I am trying to grow N. northiana from a few sourses. I feel N. northiana seed viability is a bit longer than I expected.

     

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    Another N. northiana seeds I obtained in April, 2016. I sowed them in the plastic container immediately. They started germinating on May 02 in 2016. I sowed the remainder of them in vitro on April 10 in 2017. I had stored the seeds in the refrigerator, no silica gel. I did not remove the seed husk in this case. They started germinating on June 10 in 2017. Please see attached photos, you can see the seed husks.

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    Although they are neglected, they still look healthy, imo.....

    I took the photos on March 13 in 2018.

     

    Kind regards from the Far East