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!