09/07/18 | My Travel Log : Typhoon No. 21


Typhoon No. 21.


When Traveling in Japan, it is inevitable to come across earthquakes and typhoons.  

This trip, I had my taste of a Japanese earthquake while traveling in the Nagoya area, where I faced Typhoon No. 21, the biggest in the last 25 years. A huge storm and howling wind announced the typhoon monster’s approach. Refusing my artist’s advice to cancel my Japan sea-bound travel, I allowed myself ample traveling time with the hope that this typhoon may detour to somewhere mainland. A typically two and a half hour trip became four hours due to unexpected stops and delays. Schools were closed and companies let employees go home early. By the time I arrived at my destination, almost on time, no one was in sight at the station. The conductor was kind enough to call my artist to pick me up at the station.  



Our twenty-minute ride from the station to the artist’s home was nerve wracking, as the Japan sea roared with tall angry waves and buckets of rain came down from the sky unapologetically.  Ya ta!  Thanks to my artist’s awesome driving skills, we made it to the house.  



The next three hours were like a movie. The house roof started to leak and the artist went upstairs to try to rescue it. I was busy downstairs, laying down towels  everywhere, rescuing papers from the tables and the floor. As if this wasn’t dramatic enough – all of a sudden the house went pitch black - no electricity!!!


All trains were suspended, and the typhoon swept away any chances of going back to Nagoya! 


My sweet artist prepared a futon and invited me to stay overnight. The No. 21 typhoon was the strongest in the last 25 years, damaging the only bridge to Kix airport, and causing all flights to be cancelled for four days. Dangerous and dramatic as it was, I had the best night sleep during my lengthy summer travel because my heart told me that I was safe in Japan! 


The next morning, trains were running on time, streets were bustled with people, and the sun hung high and bright in the sky as if NOTHING had happened. 


The typhoon moved north to Hokkaido, where it erupted a mud slide and was accompanied by a six-degree earthquake. I pray for the safety of all the people in Hokkaido. God is with you, you are an amazing nation, you have amazing people.



C.S. Jiang