Typhoon nears Japan, 1.3 million told to evacuate

More than 1.3 million people were advised to evacuate on Tuesday as typhoon Roke approached Japan, threatening the industrial city of Nagoya with heavy rain and landslides.

No major disruptions to plant operations were reported.The eye of the typhoon was 210 km 130 miles east-southeast of the southern island of Tanegashima, moving east-northeast at 20 km 13 miles per hour as of 5 p.m. 0800 GMT, the Meteorological Agency said.

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Ryo Ishikawa breaks Tour record in Nagoya

Teenager Ryo Ishikawa carded a 12-under-par 58 – the lowest score ever on a major tour – to win the Crowns tournament in Nagoya.

The 18-year-old began the last day six shots behind leader Shigeki Maruyama but made 12 birdies to record a five-stroke victory at 13 under par.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable, I don’t know where all those birdies came from,” said Ishikawa.

“Seeing my score improve by 12 strokes at the end… it’s like a dream.”

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World Cosplay Summit 2009

The World Cosplay Summit(WCS) of 2009 in Nagoya is off to a great start!

The WCS is a cosplay event sponsored by TV Aichi. The “World Cosplay Summit” was created to promote international exchange through the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime. The free and dynamic nature of manga was instrumental in the birth of cosplay. Nowadays youth from around the world find this as a common language and a dynamic new form of global interaction. The World Cosplay Summit began in Osu, Nagoya and has grown to include 15 countries from around the world. If you count audience and participants at each preliminary event, the number of people involved is now in the 100s of thousands.

If you happen to be in the Nagoya area check it out and have some fun! This is a huge international event with lots of activities and it happens all over the world. So if you don’t make it Nagoya it might be coming to a town near you soon.

We hope you have a great time at the World Cosplay Summit, as they endeavor to continue the development of this new form of international exchange. If you have pictures or stories from this event email them to us at bionicbong(monkeytail)bionicbong.com!

For more information:
World Cosplay Summit 2009
World Cosplay Summit Offical Site – General Information