Arrived yesterday, today stuck hotel as Typhoon hammers the city I am in.
Quite interesting, when you know you are safe, I am in a central square in this city. The Typhoon has being raging most of the day. It, every 15 minutes or so, suddenly slams into the hotel and then moves around to other section.
In September when I was here there was searing heat 30-35 and about 95% humidity. A lot of people died in Japan during the intense heat this Summer many being elderly folk with no air conditioning.
March I got an earthquake of 6.5, this was an extraordinary insight into why so many die in earthquakes. I was lying on this very bed with laptop when it struck. I am on the 5th floor and Everthing was shaking or moving, even difficult to stay in the bed. But the most amazing part of it was the whole main quake lasted less than one minute. Therefore you were going Nowhere and would have No chance of escape an incredible experience.
Last October a Super Typhoon hit the day I was due to go home, 10 years since last one. My hotel is a busines hotel in a manufacturing city so there are no frills.
So as I had to cancel my flight I looked out the window and all seemed calm except some rain. Main Super Typhoon was scheduled to hit land later.
I decided I would get hotel brolly and nip around to off licence to get a few cans. I left hotel no problem then turned into the main street and was left standing there like an ejit with just the handle and center stalk of brolly the rest soared out of site, lol I stil got my beers. The ferocity of that one was phenominal compared to this one at about 120kpg.
So I decided to bore you lot with my views of Japan.
People here are the most hospitable, helpful and genuine that I have ever experienced. I am coming here 19 years now, same hotel and same room.
Got off the coach at 18.20 yesterday and one of my friends was waiting, journey time door to door is about 22.5 hours, we went over to my hotel, lol they don't ask me to register anymore just give my key. Up to room drop luggage and at 18.30 was sitting with five more friends here to eat and drink.
After 3 hours back to soom and stay awake most of night with jetlag.
My room is also interesting, 2 beds, internet, tv, bathroom. TV has zero english channels so forget it, except when Sumo is on and it took long time to really understand that. My Bathroom bath is about 3-4 foot long, the shower is at my belly button and then there is my Toilet. My Toilet is Remote Controlled, before you sit down to do your business you set the tempreture of the Seat. Then when you have done what you came for, you pick up your Remote Control and set the Pressure and Temp of the water then you press the approriate button, male or female and you hear this noise under you as the water pump moves into position and then it Washes you
it is hilarious.
Also, in some restaurants (male) there is urinal, toilet two types sit or squat (never trusted the squat one), a hand basin and finally a large square trough about 2ft x 2x and 1ft deep. This is to facilitate you if you are ill and want to get sick
Well I will leave it there and if there is any interest I will expand on all the other aspects of Japan, which I love, that I have seen.