“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a about my life in Japan.
It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or interesting stories from my week. Sometimes it is a bit personal or random, but I hope you will enjoy learning what it is like to live in Japan.
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Air travel during a typhoon
Towards the end of my recent trip to Chiang Mai, a typhoon was making its way over Nagoya.
I hadn’t heard this myself, but my husband told me about it when we talked on the phone. On around Friday or Saturday night, it was predicted to be directly over Nagoya the day that I was scheduled to arrive.
I wasn’t actually too worried because I think typhoons can do whatever they want. It might speed up, slow down, change directions, or dissipate without disrupting my travels. Anyway, it was still a few days away.
However, as it came time to depart, there was talk about what was going on with the typhoon. If it was going to be bad, I would likely be delayed in Bangkok, which would have sucked because I already had a red-eye flight. Unless, it was delayed so long that it was rescheduled until the day time and I could sleep in a hotel. Then it would be better.
On Monday night, my husband told me that he got a half day off work because of the typhoon. Lucky. Apparently it was pretty windy and rainy.
I still wasn’t too worried though.
Then he reminded me, that even if the plane can land, the trains might not be running. This means he wouldn’t be able to pick me up at the airport. Oh no! We always drop off and pick each other up at the airport! I wanted to see him as soon as possible!
Now I was worried.
Just after midnight on Monday, I boarded the plane pretty much on schedule. It wasn’t delayed, so I guess the typhoon had passed Nagoya.
As for the flight itself, it wasn’t any different than a regular flight. There was the regular amount of turbulence, and the landing was normal. No wobbling or bouncing on the runway.
If I didn’t already know I was flying into the tail-end of a typhoon, I wouldn’t have even known.
And I came out the gates to see my handsome husband waiting for me.
However, it seems other flights from the day before had been rescheduled, so the typhoon did disrupt some travel plans on Monday. I was lucky to have just missed it.
Well, we are in the beginning of typhoon season in Japan, so there will likely be more rainy, windy days ahead. No air travel plans though, so nothing to worry about there.