戰台風

9/22/11      20:18

So 戰台風 isn’t actually Japanese. Oops. In Mandarin it’s zhàn tái fēng which translates roughly to “fighting against a typhoon.” Which is what the Kansai and Kanto regions have been doing this past month.

From a Floridian’s point of view, honestly what we’ve been seeing here in Neyagawa has been no more than a few gusts and an occasional sprinkle. The news tells me that it’s been worse in other regions though. Wakayama was hit hard by the first typhoon we had and the one that just passed slammed into the Tokyo area causing all the trains to stop and everyone to be really annoyed.

However, much more than being really annoying, it’s been causing huge floods in the neighboring prefectures. Like. Wash-cars-away sort of floods. I’m really wondering  if this happens every time there’s a typhoon. As far as I can tell, I haven’t experienced any super flooding or damage in South Florida.  Perhaps the houses and terrain are more suited to handle the torrential downpours. I don’t know.

Besides the rain and the wind, the typhoon brought a more important present. Autumn. In the typhoon’s wake, there came cool breezes and temperatures in the mid 60s and 70s. Hopefully the trend will continue even though the skies are clearing up.

Btw. That’s Kyoto up there in the featured pic. Mountains capped in fog are my favorite.

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In any case, the typhoon canceled school on Wednesday, making a perfect cap to this two day week. Monday was 敬老の日 [Respect Old-People Day] and Friday is 秋分の日 [Autumnal Equinox] so we got school off.

What did I do with my rest day?

Eat with ninjas.

Andrea had plans to meet with her speaking partner in Kyoto at a “ninja cafe” and she invited me. As corny and gimmicky as a ninja cafe sounds… how could I say no? I used the “why-the-hell-not” mentality and I figured it would be one of those things I only do once in my life anyway. So we went.

It was a 食べ放題 –[tabehoudai] (n.) all-you-can-eat–sweets place with all sorts of pastries, cakes, with japanese and western flavors. Not quite the food I expect to accompany shurikens and kunoichi, but it was definitely tasty.

After eating, we saw that attached to this restaurant was a “忍者迷路” or “ninja labyrinth.” It was only 250 yen so why-the-h… you know the drill.

Again, as corny and gimmicky as that sounds…. it was sort of really awesome. It’s a dark haunted house type deal except the house is traditionally Japanese, the hidden passageway in the bookcase is now hidden in the shoji screens or wooden walls and the ghosts are now ninjas (they still pop out of random corners, secret doors, and the ceiling). Lol.

Definitely an experience, haha.

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Interesting Japan fact of the day:

Emergency vehicles and larger vehicles have loudspeakers attached to them that turn on whenever they have their turn-signal on. They scream: “右/左へ曲がります!ご注意ください!” [I AM TURNING RIGHT/LEFT. PLEASE WATCH OUT.] Until about two days ago, I’ve only heard a nice lady voice screaming these warnings to the pedestrians and people in the surrounding residences. There was, however, an ambulance plowing through traffic and there was an authoritative man voice yelling at everyone. Hm. Now the vehicles are gendered. This makes them seem even more like toys than I previously thought. -_-;;

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2 Responses to “戰台風”
  1. hiruhiru21 says:

    i must agree on the mountains capped in fog thing! ^_^

  2. hiruhiru21 says:

    and i must go there at some point soon!

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