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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After the Typhoon--Beach Houses on Hold
Yesterday, typhoon #4 tracked across Kanto. The wind gusts slammed so hard they felt like earthquakes, and Kamakura's coastline was hit hard, wreaking havoc for fishing families and wakame growers.
The timing of this early typhoon couldn't have been worse for the owners and managers of the temporary umi no ie or beach houses--the summer restaurants that are built right on the beach just for the summer swim season.
There was major damage to many of the umi no ie. Heaps of seaweed, construction materials and debris lie everywhere, and there is much clean-up work to do before reconstruction can begin. Hmm, perhaps it's time for the city to rethink this idea of building, even on a temporary basis, directly on the beach.
One truck driver had clearly picked the wrong time and place to make a delivery or pick-up--apparently during the typhoon.
The wind this morning is salty and blowing at sand-pelting speeds, which always brings out the crazy wind surfers.
And the clouds are ever shifting.
So now that I've desalted the windows, the car, the laundry balcony, the garden, we can get ready for the typhoon #5...due to hit Japan tomorrow.
Holly Thompson is a creative writing teacher and longtime resident of Japan, author of the YA verse novels The Language Inside and Orchards, which received a 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and editor of the Tomo anthology. She serves as the Regional Advisor of the Japan chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Visit her website at www.HATBooks.com