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Typhoon Neoguri

Nothing like an early typhoon to start the summer.  While it was one of the strongest typhoons in years, it fizzled out as it passed over Japan.  Here in the Tokyo area, it was very weak.  I saw only light rain and winds that weren’t very impressive.  However, I did make a video to chronicle what was happening.  Enjoy.

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Typhoon Neoguri is Coming!

This is a big typhoon.  It’s the biggest typhoon to hit Okinawa in 15 years, and it’s headed straight for mainland Japan, and should be in the Tokyo area by Friday.  Check out my video about the typhoon.

In case you’re wondering what Neoguri is, it’s actually the Korean word for raccoon dog, or tanuki as they are known in Japan.  It’s a kind of wild dog that looks like a mix between a raccoon and a dog.

I’ll have a couple more videos coming later this week, most likely.

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Densha Otaku Spotted

Here’s a quick video I took on Monday of a densha otaku, or a train fanatic.  I usually don’t get the opportunity to find one in such an empty train station, but I did this time.  After capturing him briefly on video, I then did my impression of a densha otaku.

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Is It a Jet? No! It’s a Meteor!

Jay Dee:

I’m pretty sure I saw a fireball in the sky tonight. I saw it around Fujisawa.

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

I was walking to a local takeout store for dinner tonight when I saw something flying across the sky.  It was very bright and moving quite quickly.  It seemed to be moving faster than a low-flying jet, but I couldn’t hear anything.  There’s an American air base near where I live, but it was going the wrong direction.  The base is to the north, not the northwest.  And then I realised, it’s a meteor!  And then what happened?  It disappeared.

It was quite likely part of the Geminid meteor shower.  I’ve seen meteors before, but nothing like this. Usually, they’re just a speck of dust that appear, make a brief streak in the sky, then disappear in less than a second.  This was in the sky for a good 4 or 5 seconds.  It wasn’t a little one, either.  It was a fireball.  It makes me wonder if it landed…

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Public Toilets Can Be Very Public

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using a public washroom in a public park in Japan, then you’ll understand these pictures.

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The view from the urinal.

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The view from outside. I used the urinal in the middle of the doorway.

Some public washrooms in Japan are so public that anyone could walk by and see you taking a pee.

If you want to know something even worse, try using the public washroom at Kinomiya Station in Atami.  It’s unisex.  One wall has many urinals, while on the opposite wall are toilet stalls.  Men and women both use this washroom.  Also, the doorways are so big that the entire inside of the washroom is visible from the ticket gates for the station.  Anyone can see the men taking a pee.

Also, you may be surprised when in the public men’s washroom anywhere in Japan when a female cleaner comes in without making sure it’s empty.  And it seems no one cares if she’s in there, either.

How would you feel in this situation?

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Southern Beach in Chigasaki

Who likes the beach?  Well, for my 500th blog post, let’s celebrate with a visit to Chigasaki’s very famous and popular beach, Southern Beach!

This beach is famous for the Southern All Stars, Keisuke Kuwata’s very popular band. I didn’t go there for the music, though.  My family decided to visit the beach on Friday to give our daughter her first experience of feeling the sand beneath her feet and getting her feet wet in the ocean.  It was a great idea, but it didn’t go according to plan.  Simply put, she slept the entire time.

After arriving at the shore, we had to walk a bit along the coast to get to the beach.  I’d been down this way before 2 years ago on one of my long walks, which I have plenty of photos of, but haven’t posted yet.

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Ominous-looking clouds to the west. We’re walking toward Southern Beach.

The weather didn’t look very promising.  The forecast called for cloudy skies all afternoon.  When we arrived at the beach, we noticed it wasn’t very busy.  It was the last day before summer holidays, so that wasn’t surprising. It would be packed as soon as the summer holidays start (that was today, July 20th). There were some families, though.  I saw plenty of children, as well as groups of adults enjoying the beach, sunbathing, and swimming.  Some were also bodyboarding.  Looked like fun!

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My daughter sleeping at the beach. In the distance, you can see Enoshima.

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Those clouds sure look dark. But we didn’t have to worry. As you can see, it wasn’t crowded.

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There were a few beach houses set up on the beach, selling food, drinks, shaved ice, and access to showers and rental beach equipment.

So, those clouds didn’t bother us at all.  In fact, it became very sunny!  Thanks to the bright sun, the sand got very hot.  I decided to go down to the water and feel the cool, wet sand beneath my feet.  It felt great!  I waded a little into the water, then a big wave came up and got the bottom of my shorts wet.  I wasn’t wearing a swimsuit, so I couldn’t go swimming.  Next time, we really should take swimsuits!  The water wasn’t cold, but it was comfortably cool with the hot sun.

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A wave is coming in.

We didn’t stay long.  Only 30 minutes.  It was nice to visit, but since we didn’t have anything with us to enjoy the beach, we decided to go home.  Besides, my daughter was still sleeping.  So, until next time, beach.

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Ishidaya, one of the beach houses. This is the back side. It has food, drinks, shaved ice, rentals, and showers. The staff seemed pretty friendly.

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Southern Beach’s famous C.

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