My First Typhoon!

As some of you may have heard, a typhoon came over Japan a few weeks ago that forced around 1 million people to be evacuated throughout coastal Japan prefectures like Mie.  If you don’t know what a typhoon is, imagine a hurricane but in the Pacific ocean.

Or, like me, you can imagine this…

That pretty much sums up my experience in the typhoon.

While some were evacuated, I didn’t have that option in my village. There is only 1 road in and out of the mountains to get to Totsukawa. As such, people leave before the storm arrives, since the roads are prone to landslides, flash floods, and road collapses during these conditions.2014-08-09 15.33.30But what do I do? Well I  just enjoyed a weekend locked in my house with my good buddy Patron.

I did finally decide to brave the weather and get some pictures and videos for all of you who haven’t experienced this and were worried about me.

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The river right by my apartment swollen all the way up to the school!

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The drainage by my apartment about to flood over from rainfall.

The sounds of a typhoon in the mountains

Fighting to keep my umbrella from flying away

Even though I was outside for only about 10 minutes, I still got completely and entirely drenched.

Hopefully I won’t see too many more of these :/

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