Vernicious Knids

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Whole lotta shakin' going on...

I know that I've chosen to live in one of the most seismologically active areas in the world but I really don't need to see physical reminders of this:



The photo above is of the cracks that have recently appeared in our living room wall. Today we had the builders come around to check if our apartment is structurally sound - fortunately it is. They rejoined the cracks and regaled us with tales of our neighbours' woes. Apparently their walls have actually shifted and are starting to buckle, whereas we only have cracks. I guess this is good news?!



This sign points to the fire extinguisher in our living room - do you think this will stop the cracking?

BTW there's a Japanese proverb "Jishin, Kaminari, Kaji, Oyaji" (Earthquake, Lightning, Fire, Father) which lists the things people are afraid of in order of importance!
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13 Comments:

  • At 12:52 am, Blogger Bearette24 said…

    guess they're not afraid of their mothers, huh? or else it's just really low on the list ;)

     
  • At 9:48 am, Blogger Elsa said…

    I'd be checking on those cracks on a regular basis to make sure they don't become "crackier" as time goes on.

    BTW, ss I'm sure you realize, "crackier" is a made-up word. I figured if the President of the US could make up words, so could I. I just couldn't resist :)

     
  • At 10:51 am, Anonymous Ivonne said…

    Hi VK,

    Well at least you can look at it with humour ... even though it may not be that funny. I like the mention of the proverb!

     
  • At 3:53 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Hi Bearette: it's most definitely a patriarchal society - but having said that; women control the purse strings here (giving their husbands an allowance each month) :)

     
  • At 3:55 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Never fear Elsa we have our eyes peeled to ensure things don't get any crackier than they already are :p

     
  • At 4:07 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Hi Ivonne, As they say in Japan: "Hakyou futatabi terasazu" - a broken mirror cannot be made to shine (or more simply "what's done is done") :p

     
  • At 1:08 pm, Blogger Bearette24 said…

    That's awesome ;) About the allowance that is...

    You should put together a book of pithy Japanese proverbs ;)

     
  • At 11:18 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Hi Bearette: "Iwanu ga hana" - Not speaking is the flower (which actually means: some things are better left unsaid or silence is golden)...some of the literal translations are hysterical - you really need to know some Japanese culture to work them out!

    And I also like the idea of women controlling the money :D

     
  • At 3:02 am, Anonymous antonia said…

    That crack is too scary. Did you buy the extinguisher or is this standard in Japan?

     
  • At 3:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think I'm cracking up

     
  • At 4:44 am, Blogger Lou said…

    Scary crack. Glad to hear it checked out okay. We have the same issue with our house, except we can only blame ours on age, not nature. Stay safe!

    And this is MY favorite blog to satisfy my Tokyo fix. ;)

     
  • At 12:12 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Hi Antonia: I'm not sure if this is standard in apartments here - this is the first one I've had!

    Hi Anon: ROTFL :D

     
  • At 12:15 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Hey Lou: Are you sure there isn't some way you could blame it on nature?! And I'm glad that my site is your fix :D

     

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