Monday, September 5, 2011
The Dark Night
I took this photo of the skyscrapers in West Shinjuku last week when the big typhoon was heading our way. It felt very eery. Kind of reminded me of Gothom City...I wouldn't have been surprised to have seen a bat-signal in the sky.
As for the typhoon, it seems to have been downgraded to an extra tropical cyclone in the Sea of Japan (or East Sea) this afternoon. It has left behind much damage to Western Japan, especially the prefecture of Wakayama. There are various reports but as of this morning there were 27 people dead and 51 people missing across six prefectures. Many more houses have been lost or damaged. My heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones or their homes.
We have typhoons every year and I would have guessed that we're a country that is well prepared for typhoons. But we are also a country that has many mountains and soft land. And the ground can only take so much rainfall. I can only hope the thousands of people who are still stranded without electricity from landslides or flooding are rescued soon.
I can't help but feel like this year the world has seen more natural disasters than any year before. I'm not sure if I feel this way because Japan was one of the affected countries or because of the fact that we have so much information now that it just seems like there are a lot more disasters happening. But whatever the reason, I really feel like we all need love and peace more than ever.
I wonder if I can bat-signal for this as well.