Yesterday Typhoon Noru arrived in Kansai, but it wasn’t so bad in my area. At least not as bad as when we have typhoons in my country.

Around twenty typhoons enter the Philippine’s Area of Responsibility in a year, and around five of those are destructive. The typhoon season is between June and September, but typhoons can hit the country any time of the year. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest land-falling typhoon ever recorded, hit the Philippines in November.

During a typhoon, my hometown doesn’t have floods like in Manila and other places in the Philippines, but the wind is very strong. It takes down trees and sometimes takes off the roof of houses, which is why electricity is cut off during typhoons.

The experience is different here in Nagaokakyo, but typhoons always remind me of darkness and the wind whistling all night.