Author: Seiji Motoyama 本山清治

Is the Chrysler Building safe? When a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit New York last month, I worried whether the Chrysler Building and other iconic buildings were damaged. So far there haven’t been any reports of any major damage to buildings or infrastructure.It is believed, however,...

Recently a case of bird flu was detected in Texas that is believed to have spread from a dairy cow to a human. Officials in the U.S. have stated that dairy products are safe for consumption. Here’s hoping for the safety and health of our...

The other day I attended a concert of John Adams conducting his own music. It was a really special occasion and I could feel the joy and energy being projected from both the audience and the musicians on stage. He performed I Still dance, Absolute...

Recently filmmakers and songwriters have been agonizing over (and striking over, in the case of Hollywood filmmakers) recent advances in AI technology. They claim that if AI can create works of art, then their livelihoods are in jeopardy. That may be true, but I believe...

Recent (minor) news item: An ice cream parlor in Paris has recently prohibited SNS use within its walls.Apparently the popularity of the shop on SNS feeds has attracted “undesirable” customers more interested in posing and taking pictures of their food than in enjoying and eating...

Last week on my way home from dinner I was suddenly bombarded by the sound of loud music and happy voices. It was the Fall Festival, or Aki Matsuri, near my home, so I decided to attend. I always enjoy these festivals, especially when they...

Recently, the New York Times published an interview with the author and publisher Jann Wenner. He talked about his new book containing interviews with 7 White, male musicians. When asked why there aren’t any interviews with women in the book, he stated that “none of...

Today, for the first time in my life, I got to see a live rhinoceros beetle. In Japan the children here have many opportunities to see, or even buy rhinoceros beetles, but I never had the chance growing up in New York, since the species...

Imagine if humans were able to hibernate. Personally, I’ve always been fascinated by animals that are able to sleep for several months without the need for food, heat or other creature comforts. Recent research has shown that it might be possible to use ultrasound to...