There’s a line from the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time that reads: “I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” As I sit here in my dimly lit tatami room, I can definitely relate. I’ve actually just switched off my music so I can listen to the sound of the rain pounding against my screen door. If you’re that way inclined, you can too. Just click here.
A typhoon is on its way
, and the rains have already started – with 90mph winds set to beat the shit out out of my rickety wooden house later this evening. I’m glad to be home: I was way across the city this afternoon, and at about 5pm the trains were already starting to get packed, lines were being suspended and everyone seemed to be thinking the same thing: don’t get stranded like you did that time before when you had to walk home for like two hours in the pissing rain while everyone else was sitting comfortably in their house texting you things like “I’d hate to be out in that weather lol.”
In the last few weeks Tokyo has been hit by a number of mad electrical storms, and the sun is increasingly turning to rain. One day it was 30 degrees, while the next I woke up freezing, digging out my winter duvet which was covered in manky old cupboard dust. On the upside though, Tokyo looks well cool in the rain. And there are plenty of indoor options should the outdoors be a little too mental to go out and play.
Skytree, shrouded in mist…
I decided the moodiest place I could possibly go in this weather would be the docks, so off I went. It felt like the end of the world down there. Grey, miserable and beautiful, all at the same time.
Two idiots keeping dry inside Shibuya station
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is pretty spectacul
ar. It has a giant globe hanging from the ceiling with real-time projections beamed on to it – as well as occasionally being turned into the moon.
I got to hang out inside a full-sized replica of part of the International Space Station. Was cool to see actual examples of the food astronauts have to eat, as well as the mental toilets they have to use etc. Def worth a visit.
Meanwhile at Shinbashi it’s still pissing down
Despite all this though, the sun won’t give up without a fight…