Webcams in Japan

Monday, July 23, 2012
Never was I interested in webcams until the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March 2011. At that time I downloaded a live view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima for my iPad.

I checked it every day and felt a deep fear for Japan and even for the United States: if it can happen in Japan, it can happen here. I thought, this is what it would be like if we had a nuclear meltdown. I live 24 miles away from the nuclear facility at San Onofre, California.

Nikko webcam

As the situation in Japan slowly improved, I still checked the webcam and installed the updates. I began to consider that I was getting to see Japan while I wasn't there, and maybe there were other webcams available with scenes of interest. The first one I discovered was a bridge and rushing river in Nikko. I was pretty happy with that because I had visited Nikko and it brought to mind the experience.

Next, I found a place on Shikoku called Bentenyama. I like this webcam too because often people are in evidence. Sometimes visitors walk up the steps leading to the shrine, pull up in a car, or ride past on a bicycle. The sun shines, the wind blows, and the sidewalk can be wet. I feel as if I'm witnessing the passing of seasons.

Bentenyama webcam

Over the months I have searched for different webcams of Japan, and once in a while I discover one that makes me scratch my head; nevertheless, I keep looking to see what that cockatiel is up to each morning.

Cockatiel webcam

These webcams have a mysterious allure for me, especially the one from Fukushima. One of the camera views is from TBS/JNN, and I was very surprised to realize there is sound with the live feed. Somehow, the singing birds cause me to feel such hope.


Like this blog? Sign up for the JapanVisitor newsletter

Books on Tokyo Japan