Thursday, April 22, 2010



The appearance of the fish follows Saturday's destructive 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile and the January 12 tremors in Haiti, which claimed an estimated 200,000 lives.A quake with a magnitude of 6.4 has also struck southern Taiwan.

This rash of tectonic movements around the Pacific "Rim of Fire" is heightening concern that Japan - the most earthquake-prone country in the world - is next in line for a major earthquake.

Those concerns have been stoked by the unexplained appearance of a fish that is known traditionally as the Messenger from the Sea God's Palace.

The giant oarfish can grow up to five metres in length and is usually to be found at depths of 1,000 metres and very rarely above 200 metres from the surface. Long and slender with a dorsal fin the length of its body, the oarfish resembles a snake.

In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the north.


Korokeshi Sculptures

Art innovations at their finest. A cross between the Japanese wooden Kokeshi dolls, a Matryoshka and a Ninja warrior, each of these tells a story and its name is unique to the creator.

Big Helmet Head Art Shop in Washington DC is creating these cute and nerdy Korokeshi sculptures with custom splashes of hidden messages in the details. All minimalist and simple in design, they are adorable to look at and display.

As a child, this artisan aspired to draw for Disney, but that never happened and she is quite content telling stories through her images and is currently working on her third children’s book.