Cherry Blossoms Season Here? Goodbye Clear Skies!

One thing I’ve learned over the years of living in Japan is that when the cherry blossoms finally arrive, so does the cloudy weather and the rain.  When I was young, anime and manga always portrayed cherry blossoms season as 90% sunny.

However, the grey sky and wet weather come with the blossoms.  Last week was the last day with blue skies and pink blossoms.  Now it’s just grey to rainy to grey again. Continue reading “Cherry Blossoms Season Here? Goodbye Clear Skies!”

Hanami Failure At Yoyogi Park

It rained on my hanami, like it does every time I plan one. Fourth time’s the charm?

Last weekend I arranged a hanami and gathered some friends.

The weather stunk. Cold, wet, and dreary. However, my husband’s friend, E, was very kind and looked up a great burger shop for us to eat at. This is how the name is presented on the menu with the restaurant logo underneath:

Arms: They’re Delicious To Eat

Continue reading “Hanami Failure At Yoyogi Park”

Dark Clouds Approach

My husband and I went out briefly to the grocery store. As we were coming back we saw in the rearview mirror a horizon that looked black.  It looked like the night sky was chasing us, or as an ink stain spreading across the sky.

“A storm is coming,” I said dramatically because you have to in this kind of situation.  😀

When we got home, I turned on the news and they said a big front is coming.  The northern part of Japan is already getting buried.  To add to the fun, it is entrance exam week at a lot of schools so the students are having to brave inclement weather conditions to take their tests.

Temperatures are about to plummet and we might get snow after all.

Sounds like a day to stay indoors.

We stopped by the bookstore and look what we found. Holy Moly! Continue reading “Dark Clouds Approach”

Snow Day In My Slice Of Japan!

A few days ago it snowed heavily in Japan in November for the first time in 54 years!

The ground was too warm for the snow to stick much. Instead it turned into this horrible slush that sucked your boot in and caused it to stick to the ground.  The slush trapped in little melted puddles so it was worse than rain puddles.

In the morning the big fluffy flakes fell and coated a lot of the roof tops of the houses around my home.  I stayed mostly indoors that day, enjoying cocoa, and thankful I had no work.

Snow is really nice when you can look out at it from a window.  As someone from a warm climate, I stare at the white stuff with suspicion.

Evil, cold flakes fell upon a stunned Japanese populace.

Batten Down The Hatches!

A category 1 typhoon makes landfall tomorrow. It’ll hit Sendai, the city devastated by the tsunami in 2011, and slam into with a storm surge of several feet.

My husband and I are securing stuff in doors.  I’m so glad my appointment at the clinic isn’t until Wednesday because there is no way I’m going out in a typhoon.

Typhoon Lionrock is one of the most bizarre on records!  It was born in the Pacific, but instead of going north like other typhoons, it headed south where it swooped around Okinawa and archipelagos.

After making a full circle on the Pacific (you read right) it boomeranged north, charging up to powerful levels, and is aimed straight at Japan.  They’re calling it the “boomerang” typhoon and are baffled.

They’ve never seen a typhoon do this before!

Here is more information on Bloomberg.  

Just look at that crazy course it took.  It actually made a full circle before turning and heading back the way it came.  Guess tomorrow will be a stay at home day and take it easy before the clinic visit.