Thursday, September 22, 2011

Holy typhoons, Batman!

I can’t remember how many typhoons there have been so far this year.  But it’s a lot. I think we just got hit with number fifteen the other day...sheesh.  Enough already with the crazy weather and natural disasters, Mother Nature!

We are tucked away inland here in Saitama, so there is no real need to worry.  But we do find ourselves singing the “Rain, Rain Go Away” song for about a week whenever a typhoon is in the area.  And it can get pretty windy.

The run-off system is effective, so I have yet to see any flooding.  I noticed right away when we moved here that the banks of rivers seemed ridiculously huge.  Many typhoons later, I understand the reason for such generous riverbanks.  I have seen the river behind our apartment complex widen at least twenty feet.  Crazy!

This is the normal level of the river. 
I took this photo in the exact same location as the previous photo.  You can see that the river had been even higher because of the flattened grass on the right.  Crazy, huh?

So we deal with the rain.  We hang our laundry inside.  We go about our business under the cover of umbrellas.  The sun never stays away for too long.  

Thank goodness.
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  1. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with these typhoons. It will be horribly, freakishly hot and then a typhoon comes along and brings some blessed cloud and cool. For a few days we can sleep without sweating all night. But as you say, the laundry hanging indoors and the damp is really not very nice. Truthfully though, I think I am leaning toward loving when a typhoon passes by.

  2. So true! I finally feel like I can move about daily life without breaking a sweat now. Thank goodness. The worst of the summer heat *should* be over by now. I'm crossing my fingers!

  3. Just discovered your blog. It is very cool that you give a lot of insights from Japan. I have been to Japan some years ago and loved it. Therefore, it's very interesting reading your posts and seeing your lovely pictures!

  4. Thanks for your comment, Lemon! I just looked at your blog, I love it! I studied German in university, so I love seeing the English and the German. :)