Typhoon in Japan

Typhoon season is on again in Japan.

latest    photo from Digital Typhoon


When a storm’s maximum wind speed is over 64 knots ( 33 metres per second), if it is east of the date line in Pacific ocean, or in Atlantic ocean, it is called a Hurricane. In the Indian ocean, or South Pacific ocean, it is known as a Cyclone. And in the North Pacific ocean, it is called a typhoon.


Usually from July to October, about 1 – 3 typhoons a month come close to Japan, and some of them hit Japan. They usually travel a similar course, starting around the Mariana Islands, they usually go west then change course in a north eastern direction around Okinawa Islands.

yahoo weather 2013-10-25 23.01.38     Photo from Yahoo Japan / typhoon information


Now, Oct 2013, there are 2 STRONG typhoons around Japan, causing heavy rain, strong winds, rough seas, landslides, flooding, blackouts, transport delays and so on…
If you are in Japan when typhoon is coming close, it is advisable to stay in your hotel room, as you will end up completely soaked, public transport may be delayed or canceled and usually packed. Many businesses and places of interest might be closed, it is not very fun to go out in typhoon.


But the view from the window might be unprecedented for some foreigners, 30 metres per second wind (which is ordinary during a typhoon), is powerful enough to bring down telegraph polls, roofs fly away, you probably will not see flying roofs but you will often see flying umbrellas. 20 mm per hour rain will turn streets into rivers.
As a child, I once swam at a friend’s rice farm which became a pond after a typhoon.


Anyway seriously, please be careful, every year a few people that going out in a typhoon – to a dock to check a boat, or to a farm to check on the produce lose their life. Actually the typhoon one before killed more than 30 people by landslide.
Always stay updated with the latest typhoon reports (Japan Meteorological Agency) and stay away from dangerous places like beach, cliff, and river.


Although it is annoying, and scary some times, it is one of the important symbols of summer for Japanese.
Japanese enjoy seasonal things, like cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, and typhoons are kind of one of them.
Recently, there is a habit called “typhoon croquettes” that people have croquettes for dinner when a typhoon is coming, which all started around ten years ago from someone’s post on a message board “Because of the typhoon, I bought 16 croquettes for dinner but already had 3 in my tummy”, lots of people replied “Why croquettes BECAUSE OF THE TYPHOON? But it sounds fun!”, “I’m gonna run to the deli now”,  “It will be our dinner, too”, and then it spread across Japan.

This shows that Japanese prepare to stay safe during a typhoon and that enjoying the time at home is part of our culture.
If you encounter a typhoon, enjoy and stay safe.


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