A number of people back home have asked me about the weather in Japan (and simultaneously taken the opportunity to complain about the weather in Ireland). I tell them:
- If it’s not 30 degrees, it’s raining (either way you walk around all day wet).
- We had a typhoon (the strongest for 50 years, according to the newspaper) that knocked out trains both bullet and local, leaving me stranded in Fukuoka (in style, admittedly) for a night.
- Only a day after joking that only an earthquake stops the Shinkansen, we had…an earthquake. A force 7, no less, and the cause of a minor nuclear scare.
You people don’t even have weather!