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July 26, 2005

Earthquakes, typhoons - what next?

Typhoon #7 of the season is due to arrive in Tokyo sometime tonight. In fact, we have been given a "get out of jail free" card from the company - due to adverse weather conditions we can go home early.

japan_sat_440x297.jpg I am not sure how I feel about the typhoons. I always thought they were like hurricanes, but they do not pack nearly that much power by the time they get up here. You get a lot of rain and its windy, but not enough that cars or trees are being blown around.

My birthday last year coincided with what was being described as the worst typhoon to hit Tokyo in years. We went out for celebratory drinks after work, but people kept going home as the rain got worse. Around 10pm, the rain slackened and the core group of people that remained figured we should make a break for it as this must be the "eye" of the typhoon and if we hurried we could get home relatively dry.

That was the alcohol talking. The typhoon had finished. So everyone that had left early had went out during the worst of the storm and the ones that remained got off easy (I am sure there is a lesson there!). The point is, when I get a typhoon warning, I am a bit skeptical. Then again, I live on a hill (no flooding) and do not have to take the subway (no drowning or being stuck underground), so I might not be the best person to ask.

Regardless, the best thing about typhoons is that they really clear out all the pollution. So, tomorrow should be sunny and very clear. Sounds like I will be taking pictures!

UPDATE: The typhoon has passed and as expected there was not much to it: it was kind of windy for awhile and there was some rain...just like rainy season. Wasn't that over last week. Pretty disappointing, but it has cooled off and that is good.

Posted by Kirk on July 26, 2005 06:09 PM


How many do you get per year?

Posted by: Uncover Japan at July 27, 2005 08:54 PM

maybe 4? it varies...and sometimes (like this last one) they are not even noticeable!

Posted by: kirk at July 27, 2005 09:28 PM