Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[EVENT] YC&AC Bon Odori Festival 2017

YC&AC is having a Bon Odori Festival in August.
Here's the information by YC&AC:

On the weekend of August 5th and 6th from 5pm to 9pm we will be holding our annual Bon Odori festival and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. This year there will be:
-Food and beverage stalls: BBQ hamburgers/hotdogs, nagashi somen, yakitori, okonomiyaki, Chinese dumplings and many more.
-Traditional Bon dancing.
-Fun games and prizes including target shooting, basketball challenge, ball throwing and more.
-A traditional watermelon cracking game at 5:30pm (both days).

And YC&AC is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

[NEWS] Fire Ants Found in Yokohama

Fire ants have found in various places (mostly international ports) in Japan recently. And they were also found in Honmoku Pier, Yokohama.

The Japan News:
Over 500 fire ants found in Yokohama

Press release by the city (PDF in Japanese)
Report on the fire ant investigation at Yokohama port (July 14th, 2017)

(quote and translation from the report)
When you find fire ant, stay away and don't touch or try to break the nest.
When you were stung by fire ants, stay calm and rest for about 20-30 minutes. If it gets worse, go immediately to the doctor's.  Tell the doctor that you were stung by fire ants and you might have an anaphylaxis.

Other fire ants news in Japan:

Nikkei Asian Review:
Fire ant scare gives Japanese pesticide stocks a boost

About the fire ant

National Institute for Environmental Studies
Solenopsis invicta