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Tsuchinoninjin

Typhoon no. 19

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Typhoons are pretty common in Japan but this one looks pretty bad, so here's a thread.

JR has announced suspension of mass transit in the greater Tokyo area for Oct 12 and 13. It may be extended.

Some Rugby World Cup games are delayed to different days. Edit: Sorry, it looks like they've been cancelled, I misread.

Since the Jungyo is in Chiba and Izu during that time it will most likely be impacted.

The big concern is that most of the damage from the previous typhoon in chiba hasn't been fixed yet. Many roofs are still covered by blue tarps awaiting repair.

https://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/20191010/sot19101010020006-n1.html

 

Generally typhoons aren't as bad in Japan compared to the southern US or Philippines due to mountainous terrain and the fact that typhoons get swept northeast very quickly after landing, but be careful if you're in the area.

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Um, Okinawa is part of Japan, and typhoons here as well as the southern islands of Kagoshima prefecture are every bit as bad as hurricanes that hit the US. Mainland Japan's more northerly latitude sometimes means the typhoons are already weakening when they make landfall.  Typhoon Hagibis is currently at a southern Okinawa latitude, and is around peak intensity. Lucky for us, its course is much farther from the islands than the last two recent typhoons in the region.

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https://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20191011/sum19101105000001-n1.html

Some decision on the jungyo dates for 11th, 12th, and 13th will be decided soon. Those are the ones in Sagamihara, Kofu, and Izu respectively.

The big issue is that the rikishi are traveling by bus, so getting to these places might become impossible.

In my opinion, the meat of the typhoon won't reach Japan yet for Sagamihara (north of Yokohama), and going to Kofu (north of Mt. Fuji) may be possible. But leaving Kofu is going to be a big problem.

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The speed, breadth and intensity of this storm make tinkering an exercise in futility. The smart money is on hunkering down and riding it out in relative safety. The safety measures being taken are eminently prudent.

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The jungyo travel to sagamihara and kofu are going ahead as planned. Accomodations were secured for everyone on night of the 12th. There are about 250 people traveling to support the jungyo. No news about izu, but probably not gonna happen.

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Welcome to Chiba Prefecture, where the party has barely gotten started.

 

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A friend of ours sent us photos near her families home. The stream/creek had turned into a raging river. The two lane road going to their home was completely washed away along with the main water line leading to the homes. They live in the Hinode-machi area, a western suburb of Tokyo. Luckily, their home was not damaged by flooding or a landslide. The photos and videos that I have seen online are truly heartbreaking. :-(

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