So you may have heard about Typhoon Hagibis. It hit Tokyo on Saturday, and my family plus a friend who took shelter with us since his place was near a river, hunkered down to ride it out. We didn’t lose power or the internet, nor were we evacuated unlike thousands of others. We were fortunate and we know it.
Tokyo, in general, didn’t suffer from too much flooding. There was some flooding, mainly near rivers, since the storm came with a massive amount of rain. But Tokyo has a seriously amazing flood control system under the city, alongside the water mains and subway tunnels and so on. It’s so impressive that you can actually schedule a tour of it if there’s no rain predicted.
However, the typhoon wasn’t the only exciting natural disaster we got to watch here in Japan! We had a tornado! An earthquake! A volcano erupted! It was just one of those days where the planet was throwing a temper tantrum.
We were incredibly lucky, and we know it. Our neighborhood had little damage and even though it was almost deserted in the streets on Saturday, Sunday was really lovely. I learned a lot about Japan’s disaster response and recovery abilities. It will take a while for many harder-hit locations to fully clean up and recover.
But thank goodness for rugby teams. Turns out they’re pretty handy to have around.