I sure am glad I'm not in Okinawa. I'd be having a terrible time. But I'm also pretty sure they're better equipped to deal.
Tropical storm Melor hits Morioka at 9 tonight. Walking home was pretty hard. It wasn't so bad when I was getting on the bus, even though the wind broke my umbrella, even though it was pointed into the wind, but getting off I had trouble walking. I looked at BBC and they're a bunch of stinking liars. They say the wind is 23 mph. Yeah, right. I looked on the Beaufort scale and on a Japanese weather site and I'm pretty sure the wind is on the 39-49 mph part of the scale. "Progress on foot is seriously impeded." I think that having to stop walking because the wind is blowing so hard and you don't want to fall down counts as that. I can hear my building creaking, and today when I was leaving work there was this very sinister whistling noise like my dad used to make to scare me when I was little, but much much louder. My second big storm, ever, yay, I sure am glad I'm not in southern Japan! Even right now it sounds like I'm a character in a scary story, and I've heard sirens a couple of times.
I was going to go to the gym today because I haven't been since Monday (oh, yeah, I joined the gym a couple of weeks ago!) but decided not to leave my house again today. The first time I was there, I felt a little embarrassed because I did the elliptical only on level 4, but the second time I went I felt better because the girl next to me did it on level one, and only for 10 minutes, then she switched to the horse riding simulation. All you have to do is sit up straight. Psh...
Also, today I saw Japanese girls wearing high heels in the typhoon. It's amazing how much importance image holds here. And by amazing I mean irritating.