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.
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.