A strange day
The Japanese are known for having many cultural rules and procedures
that they often ignore when convenient- and living in Japan I know this quite
One of the more known rules is the request for silence on
trains “to provide a comfortable atmosphere for other passengers” according to Kintetsu
that is. But today from Tsu train station to Nabari train station (which is
about 60 km or around an hour by train), and including a transfer at
Ise-Nakagawa it was silent. Eerily silent.
What made this slightly worse, is that all trains were
packed more than usual for a Friday night- as people were travelling straight
home without the customary drinking sessions. This is to say ALL trains
including limited express trains.
Today, Japan is holding its’ breath. There is cancellation
of train services, flights, busses etc across Japan and even lines like the
Kintetsu are considering the possibility of suspending services for “safety
reasons”, but what actually got me worried was the announcement of this update
in English. Most information, detailed information that is, is usually kept in
This combined with the silent eery journey on the way back-
where everyone was looking worried- has caused me to double check my bug-iut
bag. I’ve never felt this paranoid about a Typhoon before.
But why are so many people worried?
This typhoon- number 19 (keeping with the Japanese theme or 台風第19号) is the largest of the year so far, its is extremely strong, set
to potentially land in major urban areas, and has the potential to cause
Additionally, warning about it are ALL over social media,
the news, TV, in stations etc. There are many companies that are suspending workdays
tomorrow and are advising to only go out if needed- advice I will be following.
The cherry on top for me, was watching people taking supplies
home with them. Prior preparation and planning may prevent poor performance but
if all Japanese people are doing it, that just worries me- they seem to like to
Stay safe all, gather supplies and know where your
evacuation areas are.
Thank you for reading and stay safe.