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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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Carp Flags at Shirahata Shrine

Yesterday was Kodomo no Hi (子供の日) or Children’s Day in Japan.  It’s a holiday that celebrates children and their happiness.  During this holiday, people string up carp flags/streamers, or koi nobori.  Basically, they’re a kind of wind sock.  I visited Shirahata Shrine (白幡神社) in Fujisawa, near Fujisawa-honmachi Station, and was treated to a large number of very big koi nobori.  Have a look.

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The shrine gate.

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Those are some big streamers.

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Caught in the wind.

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White wisteria.

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Looking up.

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Going up to the main hall.

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The main hall with glare from the sun.

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Koi nobori from the main hall.

I hope all the children will be strong this year.

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