Solbit & Typhoon Man-yi

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Dear Nicalai,

Have you been watching the news?  Did you see the reports of the typhoon hitting Kyoto?  No?  Well, that’s ok.  We didn’t either, and we’re staying in Kyoto.

When we woke up this morning, the rain had stopped.  The sky was clearing.  We had no idea that 100 mph winds and torrential rains had done terrible damage and forced people to leave their homes.  When Papa looked out the window of our canal-side Airbnb to check on the water level in the canal that runs up against our building and just below our window, he said, “Nona and Solbit, come look at this.  The water is very high and rushing.  Look at the mangled umbrellas floating by.”

Nona told us to get dressed quickly. She grabbed her camera.  Here’s a picture she took of the river after the typhoon hit.

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Nona took this picture of the river the day after the typhoon hit Kyoto.

In case you don’t know, a typhoon is a big rain storm with strong winds.  If a typhoon hits someplace, wind can tear roofs off houses and the heavy rains can cause flooding.  So, you want to be well informed and know when a typhoon is coming.

Papa actually knew that Typhoon Man-yi  was on the way.  He got an email alert from the US Embassy in Tokyo (or maybe it was from the US Department of State).  Anyway, when he and Nona were out walking, they thought it was just a regular rain storm.

We all went to sleep last night, and, while we were sleeping, Typhoon Man-yi hit Kyoto.  We just slept right through it.  Meanwhile, 260,000 people in Kyoto’s city center were ordered to evacuate to shelters!  We just kept “sawing logs.” (I heard Papa say that — “sawing logs.” I think it means sleeping. Isn’t that a funny thing to say?)  We didn’t get hurt, and we didn’t get wet. We didn’t know what was happening.

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After the typhoon hit, the river swelled.

Do you think it is true that “what you don’t know won’t hurt you?”  I don’t.  I think we were just lucky not to have been seriously hurt or drown.  Also, Papa should have taken that warning more seriously. Don’t you think?  So many people think he’s really smart, but I’m beginning to have my doubts.

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Despite the typhoon, Solbit got to visit a Shinto Shrine in Kyoto.

Well, the skies cleared.  Nona and Papa took me on a sightseeing trip to a Shinto Shrine.  I don’t know what Shinto is, but I do like their color scheme.  I’m your friend,

Love,

Solbit

September 2013

You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.

You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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