Talking with a cab driver.

I sometimes take cab to go back home after work. It is not because I am lazy to take a train, but I am just too late for catching a train after work… The day before yesterday, I took a cab from Yoyogi-Park area to Shinjuku station. A cab driver started talking to me.


“Sir, it seems typhoon no.9 is coming.”

“Yes, it seems so, when will be the hardest time, do you know?”

“I am not sure, I am not following weather forecast.”

“See, but the weather was bad today, wasn’t it?”

“Yes, indeed. there was just squall before you got in. One of customers said, it is like being in Indonesia!”

“Yes, it is like we are in tropical zone.”

“You know, my customer, I remember when I was a kid, we used to check temperature on weather news every morning because we were so excited about swimming classes at elementary school.”

“I did that, too.”

“I remember temperature we used to see was always ranging between 28 and 30 during summer. It rarely went up higher than 32.”

“Yes, but driver-san, we see 35, 36, or even 37 in these days. This is something.”

“That’s right. Climate is changing.”

“Well, it will be a crazy day tomorrow because of typhoon. Take care. Thank you for the ride.”

Tokyo gets heat-island effect during summer. And it has become more intense over the years. Lots of people are anxious about it. And people in Tokyo have started Uchimizu project in 2003.
They basically set up special Uchimizu weeks from the end of July to mid August, and splash water on the street all at once. It actually cools down tokyo for few seconds.

I think this is a cool collaboration project that let people know one of the facts about Tokyo and big city in general. But, heat-island effect should be tackled by facilitating exhaustive and reliable plan like this one in Seoul.

Anyway, this Typhoon no9 seems to bring the beginning of autumn as well. But, firstly, I hope people careful about this typhoon and will be fine when they get out of house after it passes away.

4 Comments so far

  1. Martin F (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 7:41 am

    Thanks for this story, you are a good writer! And I like your photos too.

    I wonder if Friday will have better weather. Seems the peak of the storm was around 3AM on Friday morning. Now at 7:40 there is not much wind, and just some rains. But… It could get worse again I suppose.

  2. masanori (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

    Hello, Marin.

    Yes, I agree. It seems the peak was mid-night.
    Hope it will be clearing this weekend.

    By the way, the weather topic in daily converations are definitely prevalent in Japan. In Ozu’s movies, characters were talking about weather a lot. Well, Ozu’s movies are probably too old to take it as an example, but I do think this weather conscious verbal culture is somewhat noteworthy to think about.

  3. James Hart (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    We always talk about the weather in England; I guess we’re known for it. It’s usually a depressing topic as the weather is pretty awful.
    However, when there is a nice day, boy do we make the most of it! Suddenly everyone has a convertible car, any green space is covered in people sunbathing and the day ends with everyone sunburnt & drinking outside the pub.
    Despite our incessant rain, the UK has more open-top cars per capita than the rest of Europe – figure that one out…

  4. masanori (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    Yes, I heard my friends talking about grey sky in UK, and they usually dislike it.. But, you told me about one interesting fact that UK has more open-top cars per capita in Europe. Nice to know, but lots more to study on this..

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