Japan is a country that gets a lot of typhoons. I tend to go through about three every summer and fall. Sometimes more. Already had one this spring, which is strange. In Canada, I was treated to multiple thunderstorms a week. They’re not long, but they tend to come around in July the most. This kind of weather scares a lot of people.
Not me. When a thunderstorm comes, I want to watch. When a typhoon comes, I want to go outside and see how strong the wind and rain are. I am absolutely fascinated by this kind of weather. I love a good thunderstorm.
People find it strange when I mention that I actually enjoy typhoons and thunderstorms. I even find earthquakes interesting to go through. I went through a huge one four years ago, and whenever they hit now, I’m always interested in feeling it. What does this say about me?
I feel a somewhat scientific detachment from these phenomena. I observe with the mindset of a scientist. I like to know what’s going on, and I understand very well how these things happen. I also understand the risks involved, and how to keep myself safe. And I always unplug my computer during a thunderstorm.
It’s not just thunderstorms and typhoons I enjoy. I also like seeing blizzards or snowstorms. Last year, we had a couple big snow storms here, which is quite unusual. The Tokyo area is unprepared for heavy snow. The snow that we get here is very wet and heavy, and it’s extremely slippery and difficult to drive through. In this case, I enjoy watching other people try to cope with it. What’s funny is that one day that I was walking to the station because of no buses, a Brazilian woman came up to me and asked me in Japanese to take her picture with her phone. She wanted to show people the snow.
How do you feel about extreme weather?