Typhoon Roke Hitting Tokyo

On Wednesday the 21st of September, Typhoon Roke hit Japan and passed through the Kanto region. Just days after the previous typhoon that heavily affected eastern Japan, authorities have advised over a million people to evacuate their homes and regroup to shelters. Prior to its passage over Tokyo, the torrential rains and the winds reaching over 200 km/h had killed already for people.

Japan is well used to those violent meteorological events and Roke was the 15th typhoon of the year but even though the country and its inhabitants are well prepared to these occurrences, typhoons regularly claim lives and cause million of yens worth of damage.

Last Wednesday, train lines were forced to stop and roads were cut in order to avoid putting commuters in danger. Some street blocks were cut off electricity for a while and communications by phone often got patchy. Some people however were brave (or crazy?) enough to go out and take some footage.

Video of the streets of Tokyo during the typhoon filmed by jetdaisuke

pile of broken umbrellas in Shibuya station

Pile of broken umbrellas after the storm

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Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
A resident of Japan for nearly a decade, Guillaume Erard trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo and he received the 5th Dan from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. He is also 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, the secretive art that Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda. Erard is the Information Director of the International Aikido Federation and the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shikoku Headquarters. He is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
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