Lucky for us it is still a long ways off and is expected to have diminished to no more than a tropical storm by the time it reaches Ibaraki Prefecture in the wee hours of Monday. Also, it is projected to pass just south of us, saving us from the brunt of whatever winds and rains it is carrying at that point. Typhoons usually track even further south than predicted, so there is yet more hope.
Our friend Martin with Bluesette in the rain - 2009Kimie pointed out to me this morning at breakfast, however, that should we get hit by a major typhoon this summer it will be a disaster for the entire area. As I have mentioned and documented with pictures in earlier posts, the earthquakes have left a lot of roofs everywhere in northeastern Japan, including our own, seriously damaged. Repairing all those roofs anytime soon is out of the question, especially with aftershocks still occurring frequently, and rainy season already upon us.
If the rain comes - not the rain we'll likely get this week, but a serious blowing downpour - many of those roofs will leak and cause even more damage to the homes under them. One may hope the patches are sufficient, but it is worrisome, none the less.
~~~There is a saying in Japan: seiko udoku. Literally, "clear sky, cultivate, rainy, reading". So, "Farm when it's sunny, read when it rains".
It is already raining, if gently. Kimie and Pandabonium are reading this weekend instead of cultivating our garden or sailing. And what do sailors read on rainy days? Hopefully not obscure subsections of Rule 18, but rather great stories of sailors and sailing.
Kimie is reading Michael Green's "The Art of Coarse Sailing", that hilarious, laugh-out-loud-while-reading tale of a sailing holiday with friends on the Broads, which was recommended by Tillerman back in February. It's a great antidote for the rainy day blues. You can read more about it at the link.
Pandabonium has been reading another true tale; this one of an amazing rescue filled with high seas adventure and global political maneuverings. "The Emerald Whaler" takes place in the 1870s and tells the story of the jail break and rescue of six Irish Fenians who had been sentenced by England to a life of labor "beyond the seas" in Freemantle Prison, West Australia, for their parts in the uprising of 1865.
In a most daring plot, the Fenian Brotherhood in the United States raised vast sums of money to buy and fit a whaling ship - the Catalpa - and hired a Captain who would initially and for much of the voyage be the only person on the ship to know its true mission. Pretending to be on a whaling expedition, the Captain hired officers and crew and sailed her from New Bedford, Massachusetts all the way to Australia where, with help of conspirators sent undercover by rail across the United States and then by postal ship across the Pacific to Perth to aid in the prisoners' escape (yes Virginia, there really are conspiracies), managed to free all six of the men and take them to America aboard the Catalpa. The Emerald Whaler was very well researched and written in a most engaging and exciting style. One of those books you can't put down.
If that's sounds interesting, I have good news. You can read it or download it as a PDF file, free online. "The Emerald Whaler" by William J Laubenstein, 1960. I have a first edition given to me by my dad, who besides being a sailor, loved to shop used book sales.
The online version is at this link: Internet Archive - Emerald Whaler or copy and paste the url: http://www.archive.org/details/emeraldwhaler030738mbp
Erin go Bragh
Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines
It's just a state of mind
And until next, sweet sailing.