2009年7月21日火曜日

rain

The rainy season finished last week.

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Well, some official somewhere decided that the rainy season finished, apparently his (I'm sure it's a guy) hotline to the weather gods must not be getting good reception at the moment as it has been bucketing down for days now.

I know I have blogged before about my feelings about rain, here. It just seems so unfair that we can get more rain in an hour here than farmers could even hope to get in a month in some places.

But, as with all things, too much of a good thing is never good. The news coming in from Yamaguchi is so sad and frightening. 100mm of rain in an hour? Rain so loud you don't hear a 15m swathe of mountain falling down and burying three cars?

The Yamaguchi incident is really unsettling for K. An eerily similar set of circumstances - post rainy season week long deluge, flooding, soggy soil causing landslides etc took out the two bridges that linked the village we used to live in with the village to the South and the town to the North. The village of 4,500 odd people was cut off, the SDF were called in but waiting for the river to go down to bring in reinforcements, the JHS lost it's gym- ironically the designated evacuation point for part of the village, and displaced people camped out in the village offices. K was on the volunteer fire brigade for his company and right in the thick of the relief effort.

I arrived a year later, the bridges were back, the rivers reinforced with huge concrete barriers- try telling people that those things are eyesores when they've lost their house to an enraged river, temporary accommodation had been packed up and people had gone home or resettled in the Village owned apartments where I was living.

But all this rain is reminding me of the elementary school graduation I attended that year. There were seven sixth graders graduating. Six were there in person and one was represented by a picture. He'd been playing behind his house when the landslide occurred.

So, with me thinking how unfair all this rain is and K thinking how ominously de ja vu it is, it's a rather gloomy place inside and out at the moment.

Come on sunshine, we need you!

4 件のコメント:

illahee さんのコメント...

the rain yesterday was awful! i am very thankful that my house isn't next to a mountain or river.

i spoke to kuri on the phone yesterday and she told me that the rainy season hasn't ended, and that will make summer last longer than usual--right into october!

i guess i can be happy that all this rain probably means less suzumebatchi in the fall....

Kim さんのコメント...

I just checked Saitama's weather report - rain and clouds all week.

That must have been a very heavy experience for Ken. After the Kobe earthquake, it too me lots of time to "get over" it - if one ever does.

I'm praying for SUNSHINE too! Stay safe!

Nay さんのコメント...

Oh that story of the young boy who died is really really sad. I have tears welling up just thinking about him...

I hoping sunshine comes to your house soon!!

Girl Japan: April Marie Claire さんのコメント...

The rain hit here so awfully last night, it sounded like a train going by... my husband was called in to work a 2am which only happen twice in all the years we have been living in Japan.. the first one "Typhoon that hit Nagoya and flooded the city", and last night to take on emergency calls...

The good news, they have to pay him triple.