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Phanfone

It's been windy and rainy here for the past three days because of the season's 13th typhoon. I didn't know it has a name "Phanfone", meaning "animal" in Laotian. This naughty animal should have gone eastward in the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, but suddenly changed its mind and turned northwest toward the eastern shore of Hokkaido. Though Phanfone downgraded to a temperate depression yesterday morning, it still has the power to bring about heavy rain and winds around here. What a guy! The temperature is terribly low, about 10 C (50 F), and we turned on the heater this morning. Oh yeah, heating in summer.

Completely ill-timed, these three days have been in the midst of the yearly summer (fall?) festival in my town. Really. No more typhoon festivals.