Red Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

japan stock photography | Ten Thousands of Red Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Kansai, Honshu, Japan

Picture: Ten Thousands of Red Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Kansai, Honshu, Japan

Yesterday I was reading about hurricanes and tropical cyclones with category 5, like Katrina that destroyed New Orleans or Yasi that recently hit Queensland, Australia. To my surprise the typhoon Melor that hit Japan and Tokyo on October 8, 2009, exactly when I was in Tokyo, had category 5 as well. However it lost its power before it hit Japan so after landfall, Japan Meteorological Agency downgraded Melor into a severe tropical storm. But anyway all flights were suspended and all train lines to the south and south-west were closed. And I had to leave Tokyo for Matsumoto. Spent almost an hour trying to find a detour route. Finally I found that it was possible to reach Matsumoto by bus from Nagano. And the train to Nagano was leaving shortly. When I was travelling in the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano strong wind and rain gusted and shook the train. Now I’m thinking about that as an adventure but at that time it was a little bit scary.

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