Day 2 - Typhoon Hagibis - Japan 2019

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Day 2 - Typhoon Hagibis and a couple of shrines
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall near Tokyo on Saturday 12th October. It was forecast as the most severe Typhoon to hit Japan in 60 years and it was originally anticipated that it would make landfall much closer to Nagoya, where we started.

The Shinkansen service we had caught the previous day from Tokyo to Nagoya was suspended.

The Seki Cutlery Festival, due to happen that weekend and the main activity for the day was cancelled. We travelled to the next hotel and, on the way, visited the grave of an obscure Emperor and made a brief stop at Inuyama Castle. Having arrived at the hotel we had some time for games, including a couple of samurai fights using Teras' battlefield in a suitcase.

The rest of the trip wasn't much affected by the typhoon. Visiting the (snow) monkeys at Yudenaka wasn't possible on day 5. On day 4 we saw evidence of the massive amount of water that had fallen at the Chikumagawa River on the Kawanakajima battlefield and saw large numbers of repair vehicles and personel at a lunch stop near Nagano. Nagano was very badly affected by flooding; ten Shinkansen trains were in a flooded depot there and had to be scrapped.
Rainy day
The view from our hotel window in Nagoya on the morning of Saturday 12th October.

The typhoon had not made landfall at this stage but it was very cloudy and wet. There was not a lot of traffic about.
The grave of the last Nishijin Emperor and an adjacent Hachiman (warrior) shrine.
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The Inari (merchants) shrine at Inuyama Castle. (The castle was closed).
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Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-19.
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