Two weeks ago, on August 1st, my family went to the 36th annual Isuzu Fujisawa Festival at the Isuzu truck factory in Fujisawa. Since it was only 20 minutes away from us on foot, it was a pretty easy decision to go to it.
The festival featured a lot of food, taiko drums, singing, festival games, mikoshi (portable shrine), and fireworks. As you’ll see later in the video below, we didn’t stay for the fireworks, but we did see some. The video features mostly the taiko performance, which is nice to watch. The girl dancing to the taiko music is my daughter. It was her first time seeing anything like this, and she really loved it.
If you’ve watched the video already, you’ll notice that we had a thunderstorm. It was actually quite intense with a lot of lightning. But I love a good thunderstorm.
Typhoon Halong, or Typhoon #11, as it’s known in Japan, passed over Honshu yesterday. It missed the Kanto region, but that didn’t mean it was nice a sunny. The rain was heavy and the wind was strong. In fact, the rain was a bit strange in the morning. Watch this video where I describe what the weather was like.
What was your typhoon experience like?
It’s hot. Here in central Kanagawa, it was a scorcher today. Definitely the hottest day of the year so far here. And the rainy season just ended! We have another 2 months of 30+ weather. I took a video today talking about this.
So, how’s your weather today?
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.
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.
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.
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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