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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.


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!


Filed under Daily Life

Typhoon 15 (Roke)

September 21, 2011 was the day that the Tokyo area experienced one of its strongest typhoons in years. Typhoon. 15 was a strong typhoon when it hit the region in the afternoon and left quite a bit of damage, though not so serious. It looks like a mess outside, though.

I was at work when the typhoon hit, and all the trains that I could take to get home had stopped. Most train lines in the area had stopped due to very heavy rain and up to 144 km/h winds. I took a couple of videos with my phone during my break, which I will post soon. In the evening, I was able to take the train home, but it was crowded and very slow. The rain had stopped, but the wind had continued. At my station, there was an incredibly large line waiting for the bus, so I walked home. I decided to take pictures of the damage. This is what I saw. Sorry for the low quality for some photos. Low light isn’t the best for iPhone cameras.

I saw several benches overturned.

This parking garage had plenty of debris.

The shutter frame on this building was ripped out.

The first of many damaged fences that I saw.

Lots of shredded leaves everywhere.

A restaurant's flag and completely empty sign.

A small tree had fallen on the sidewalk.

Many bicycles were knocked over.

Another tree knocked down by the wind.

This fence was damaged by a rather large tree that had fallen. You can see part of it behind the fence.

This fence has also been damaged by fallen trees. They've been cleared out, though.

It's hard to see, but this is a large tree that's partially blocking the sidewalk.

There were many branches around here.

This is a rather large metal box leaning against the sign.

A portable toilet at a construction site that was knocked over.

This is outside my apartment. Almost all of the trees around the building were knocked over like this.

Just outside the main entrance of my building.


Filed under Fujisawa, Japan, Kanagawa, Weather