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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tokyo/Токио

Not all of the Tokyo is flat, there are hills too. And also, the taxi cab is an old Toyota Crown. Toyota Crown is a luxurious car, and even though it may be more than 10 years old it is still being widely used, and not only for taxis.

В Токио есть и холмистые части города. На переднем плане Тойота Краун и на вид ей больше десяти лет. Тем не менее, эта машина изначально является одним из самых люксовых седанов Тойоты, и поэтому, даже несмотря на возраст, нередко встречается на улицах Токио.



I had a chance to talk to a person from Tokyo yesterday. I asked how things were over there. He said that the things were "just ok." Not good, but just ok. He mentioned that they are saving electricity, the escalators in the subway are turned off, there is no air conditioning inside the subway train cars.

According to the media, this summer will be tough for half of Japan electricity-wise. It turns out that half of Japan is on a different electric frequency than the other one. Northeastern Japan is on 50 Hz, while the South and West of the country is at 60 Hz. The Northeastern part (that includes Tokyo) will suffer from no air conditioning this summer, and the West will not help because there are hardly any means to transfer electricity from 60 Hz to 50 Hz.

Мне довелось пообщаться с человеком, который живет в Токио. Я спросил у него как дела, и он ответил "так себе". Не то, чтобы хорошо, а так себе. Он сказал что они экономят электричество, эскалаторы в метро выключены, в метро выключены кондиционеры.

По сообщениям новостей, это лето будет сложным для половины Японии в плане электричества. Оказывается, половина Японии (северо-восток) пользуется током частотой 50 Герц, а остальная половина страны потребляет 60 Герц. Северо-восток Японии (включая Токио), будет экономить электричество и терпеть жару без кондиционера. Другая половина страны никак помочь не сможет, потому что недостаточно мощностей для конвертации электричества с 60-ти Герц до 50-ти.

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