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Whacky
Hi Whacky.  You might be surprised when you take a few minutes to spin the globe - don't do it too fast though, the planet might fall out of orbit.

posted by johnmacnab on March 24, 2011 at 7:22 PM | link to this | reply

ah ha!
I'd better get my globe out....

posted by Whacky on March 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM | link to this | reply

Annicita
Thank you for visiting Annicita.

posted by johnmacnab on March 22, 2011 at 5:45 AM | link to this | reply

Taps
Having a family member there would do it, Taps.  I had a brother-in-law who flew Hellcats in the Pacific during WWII, and I'm certain I would know where Japan was then, just like I knew where the Pacific islands where.  But over time I have glossed over or forgotten.

posted by johnmacnab on March 22, 2011 at 5:44 AM | link to this | reply

posted by Annicita on March 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM | link to this | reply

I never thought much about it until my son was stationed there during his years in the
US Navy.  That'll do it for making sure you know where someone is.  I followed his travels in the Pacific quite closely and learned a lot more about places than I would have otherwise.

posted by TAPS. on March 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM | link to this | reply

sam444
Knowing where Japan is would depend on your position on earth, and how the country affects you personally.  But knowing the countries that teeter on the Pacific Rim, and realising that eventually there MUST be an earthquake on the Pacific coast of North America is a no-brainer - and it has been over 100 years since the San Francisco quake.  

posted by johnmacnab on March 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM | link to this | reply

majroj
"Good God, who needs 6,852 islands?"  Like you, majroj, I thought there were only 3 or 4.  I was surprised to find how northerly it really was.

posted by johnmacnab on March 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM | link to this | reply

Pat_B
'Grace under pressure' is an excellent description Pat.  I've just finished reading an article in which the writer talks about Japanese stoicism - another good description.  I've never given much thought as to how to describe the Japanese people, but I do know one thing - they have risen dramatically in my estimation.
 

posted by johnmacnab on March 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM | link to this | reply

It can happen! I know where Japan is and became fearful of the radiation traveling toward us! It's in California now headed east! We share the pacific rim and one day the earthquake that hit them will hit here as well! sam 

posted by sam444 on March 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM | link to this | reply

Dang!

I thought I knew something about Japan, but I fail to know muich more than I do know. (say wht?).

I was blown away that Japan has 6,852 islands. I thought it was more like, er, FOUR?

It gets hot there, but the northern end can get very very cold.

posted by majroj on March 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM | link to this | reply

Me, too. I used to think it was closer to the tropics. What a mess!
I don't think most of us in the U.S. would handle the whole thing as well as the Japanese have. Talk about grace under pressure!

posted by Pat_B on March 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM | link to this | reply

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