It’s been almost a year since the King of Pop passed away and fans are still not over it. I highly doubt serious fans will ever get over it, anyway. In any case, June 25 marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death and you can bet your bottom dollar that events are going to be held all over the world to commemorate his passing.
Japan, where the King of Pop has some of his most ardent fans, is going to hold a Sleepover Tribute come June 25. The idea is for fans to sleep with memento that belonged to Michael Jackson from 10:30 pm. The sleepover ends at 8:00 am the next morning. Tickets are being sold starting today, May 23, 2010. Ticket prices can go up as high at $1,000 can you imagine that?
The tribute coincides with the current exhibit at the Tokyo Tower. The exhibit is dubbed the Neverland Collection. Obviously, it features some of the most-prized possessions of the King of Pop. Some of these include costumes from the iconic Thriller video, musical instruments, and the late Michael Jackson’s 1967 Rolls Royce Phantom. (I bet people will be clamoring to sleep inside that!)
FYI – in Japan, being in the presence of a departed loved one’s possessions at the anniversary of his/her death is an important ritual. So, if you are wondering how this sleepover was conceptualized, wonder no more. I think that the cultural experience just might be worth it.
So would you want to pay a thousand bucks for this pleasure?
Posted May 23rd, 2010 by Maki+ | Comments (2)
Nuclear energy has long been controversial, and even in today’s modern societies, not everyone is convinced of the safety of nuclear energy. Take Japan, for example, perhaps the most progressive country in terms of technology today. They have been working on a nuclear reactor for a long time, and it was even suspended for 14 years.
The nuclear reactor is considered a fast-breeder. Dubbed the Monju Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, it has once again come under the spotlight. The news is that the nuclear reactor has reached the status of criticality. That is, the nuclear chain reaction is now self-sustaining. This was the first of many tests that the nuclear reactor has to undergo before it can become fully operational. The target date is 2013.
The Monju Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor has more than technical issues to face. When it was shut down, it was for a serious reason: a fire occurred in 1995, which was covered up – or at least a cover up was attempted. Naturally, when the news came out, it sparked an outrage among the people of Japan. From the looks of it, though, the nuclear reactor just might be back in the game.
Fast-breeder reactors are supposed to be more advantageous than regular light-water reactors. The former uses uranium and plutonium; more so, it produces more plutonium than it consumes. The danger, as many governments see it, is the amount of plutonium produced – plutonium that may be used to make weapons. Japan, however, is placing utmost importance on this technology and aims to produce fast-breeders commercially by 2050.
Posted May 9th, 2010 by Maki+ | Comment (0)