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A Look Back at Typhoon Phanfone

It’s been more than a day since Typhoon Phanfone passed through the Tokyo area, and I’ve been able to see the effects around my home.  Thankfully, there was no damage.  The wind wasn’t so bad, but the rain was incredibly heavy.  South of where I live, there were evacuation orders for those living around the Hikiji and Sakai rivers in Fujisawa.  I live about a 10 minute walk from Hikiji River, but my area wasn’t included in the evacuation orders.  However, when I went out to go to work, I saw the water level in the rivers around my home.  Unbelievable.

I’d like you to check out all of the posts I made during the typhoon.  I was live-blogging the entire time.  So, have a look.

October 5th (morning) – My original post.

October 5th (early afternoon) – Rain and wind were increasing, but nothing major yet.

October 5th (early evening) – On my way home.  It still wasn’t so bad, but I was getting wet.

October 6th (after midnight) – My last post before going to bed.

October 6th (8:42 am) – Holy crap, that’s heavy rain. The typhoon has arrived.

October 6th (after 9am) – Very heavy rain.  That’s a downpour.

October 6th (10:37 am) – We’d heard the evacuation order for Fujisawa at this time.  50 mm/h rain!

October 6th (around 11:30 am) – The rain had stopped suddenly and it became sunny quickly.  But look at these photos of the rivers.  They were incredibly high.

October 7th – A few thoughts about the typhoon.

So, today (or I should say yesterday, as it’s past midnight now), I went down to the Hikiji River to see the aftermath of the typhoon.  The water level had risen about 2 metres, which is pretty impressive for a river that is only about 50 cm deep.  So, please watch this video.

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Live-blogging Typhoon Phanfone

I’ve been live-blogging typhoon Phanfone on my book blog for a little bit of fun.  I’ve made several posts so far, but the typhoon hasn’t arrived yet.  However, it’s been very rainy and windy all day.  Tomorrow morning, the rain and wind will be very strong.  Winds of around 100 km/h are expected in Yokohama.  I work there tomorrow.  I wonder how I’m getting to work.

Check out the live blogs so far.

The morning of October 5th.

The afternoon of October 5th.

The evening of October 5th.

Late night/very early morning October 6th.

There should be three more posts coming tomorrow.  One in the morning, one around noon, and one during my break at work.

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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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Sanma Matsuri and Typhoon 17

On September 30th, there were two events.  One was local, the other was major.

First, in Ofuna, Kamakura, there was a big festival.  This was the Sanma Festival.  Sanma is the Japanese name for a fish called Pacific saury.  But not only was this a festival about a small fish that’s grilled on a stick, it’s also a friendship festival between Ofuna and the city of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture.  Ofunato was one of the cities devastated by the tsunami of March 11, 2011.  Ofuna and Ofunato share the same kanji (大船 and 大船渡).  I managed to take a few pictures of it that afternoon.

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It’s a busy festival with lots of food.

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This intersection was being controlled so festival-goers weren’t hit by traffic.

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This banner flag says “Sanma matsuri.”

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Look at all that food.

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Finally, a picture from down on the street.

The festival ended at 3pm, which is quite early.  The reason was that Typhoon 17 (Jelawat) was on its way.  When it hit Okinawa, it was equivalent to a category 4 hurricane, and was called a super typhoon.  There was plenty of damage and power outages in Okinawa, but in the Tokyo area, we didn’t have to worry very much.  It rained a lot and the wind was strong, but it was pretty brief.

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A wet window during the typhoon.

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2012 Picture of the Week (25/52) – Typhoon Guchol

Typhoon number 4, or Guchol, hit Japan a few hours ago as a tropical storm.  It was earlier a super typhoon that passed by the Philippines.  While it wasn’t a direct hit to the Kanto region, it did dump a lot of rain here.  Last September, I got stuck at work during a typhoon, as the trains weren’t running.  This time, the train was running.  During my ride home, the train had to stop at one station before continuing on on an elevated rail.  While the train was several metres above the ground, the wind shook the train and even caused the windows to flex inward.  I couldn’t believe it.  I finally reached Shonandai, but was faced with a problem.  The line for the bus was incredibly long.  There were no taxis and a long line to take one.  I took shelter in one of the train station entrances while waiting for the bus to come.  That’s when I took this picture.

This picture doesn’t do the typhoon justice. It was incredibly windy with very heavy rain.

I was able to get on the second bus, which ended up being so full that many more people waiting in line couldn’t get on.  It’s difficult to stand on a bus that full.  I had no way of moving.  When it reached my bus stop, I had to push my way through all the people in front of me.  Some seemed quite annoyed, but there was someone behind me also pushing.  I quickly ran to my apartment, where I assessed the damage.  My legs, shoes and bag were soaked.  I took out anything important from my bag and hung my pants up to dry.  Not sure what to do about my shoes.  They won’t be dry enough by the time I go to work tomorrow.

This typhoon is quite unusual.  It was a very powerful typhoon, but what was unusual was the timing.  It’s only June, and we’ve already had our first typhoon.  Unbelievably, there’s a second typhoon headed toward Japan, and we’ll get wet again on Friday.

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A look back at 2011

It’s the final hour of 2011, and as I think about the past year, I’m amazed about how much has happened.  It’s been a year of some amazing highs and incredible lows.

The highs

I couldn’t have expected such an incredible year.  This year, I got engaged, then found out we were having a baby, then got married.  Getting engaged was interesting.  I had to figure out how to ask my wife to marry me, but thought about our first date.  We were at Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura, and that’s where I proposed, close to a year later.  It was a beautiful early February day, though a bit cold to be at the beach.

Later, in the spring, we found out we were going to have a baby.  I’ve chronicled this adventure on my other blog.  To put it into a few words, it’s been amazing watching how my wife has been getting a bigger belly, feeling the baby move, and seeing the ultrasound.  Now that the birth is only about 3 weeks away, it’s getting so very real.

Getting married was a big day, too.  However, it seems that many people don’t even realise that we’re married now.  I’ve had a few friends surprised about it, because they’d missed the announcement.  We actually got married at city office.  We had no wedding, though we’re planning to in the future.

Some other good things that happened were discovering Instagram and this blog becoming more popular.  Of course, that’s what I’d hope!

The lows

While my personal life has had some amazing highs, Japan itself went through some unbelievable lows.

March 11 was a day I’ll never forget.  Biggest earthquake recorded in Japan and 4th largest in the world, plus a giant tsunami that killed over 20,000 people, and a nuclear disaster.  It’s been difficult for Japan, which has been going through a recession it just can’t seem to pull out of.

If the earthquake wasn’t enough, the Tokyo area was hit by the most powerful typhoon to hit the region in a few years.  There was more damage  from the typhoon in the Tokyo region than there was from the earthquake.  It certainly was a surprise to experience such strong disasters this year.

2012

So, what’s coming for 2012?  Well, hopefully bigger things for this blog, but the biggest thing for me is the birth of my daughter in the first month of the year.  I also plan to work hard on studying Japanese.  This blog will see some new things, and hopefully a return to frequent posts.  I think 2012 will be another year to remember.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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