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Thursday, February 11, 2010

e-mail from akoya pearls

February 11th is National Foundation Day(建国記念の日:kenkoku kinen-no-hi) in Japan. According to Japanese mythology, Emperor Jimmu, the first emperor of Japan, was ascended to the throne on this day.
There are various arguments that surround the day between the right and the left.

Although having climbed up to 20 degrees Celsius the day before yesterday, temperatures dropped down with a high of 6 or 7 degrees Celsius yesterday and today in Yokohama.
The Japanese apricot tree blossoms in my garden have partially fallen.

I watched the report about countermeasures against 'not-red' red tide, which often wipe out a crop of oysters, on the television yesterday. A pearl farming company has developed the system that gives notice of red tide occurrence. when akoya pearls feel a red tide, they close their shells to protect themselves. The system detects shell closing with a sensor and send an SOS e-mail to farmers on cell-phones.
The e-mail message is "tasukete(タスケテー:Help me!)". The word of "タスケテー" sounds to us as if a girl is calling for help.

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