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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General typhoon Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #82 New 09-15-2011 11:25 PM
Tokyo Typhoon by Altus used under creative commons licence

Think of the storm roaming the sky uneasily
like a dog looking for a place to sleep in,
listen to it growling.

Elizabeth Bishop, Little Exercise

Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.
Anton Chekhov, The Letter

Let chaos storm!
Let cloud shapes swarm!
I wait for form.

Robert Frost, Pertinax

Why now, blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar act 5 scene 1

This is where the typhoon starts
inside the fourth paragraph,
ten city blocks away

Nick Carbo, Typhoon Signal No. 1

An earthquake, a landslip, an avalanche, overtake a man incidentally, as it were - without passion. A furious gale attacks him like a personal enemy, tries to grasp his limbs, fastens upon his mind, seeks to rout his very spirit out of him.
Joseph Conrad, Typhoon

Late summer and September is the typhoon season in Japan. Typhoons are numbered each year starting again from number one. We have just had this season's Typhoon number 12. Its international name was Typhoon Talas but that name was never heard in Japan. The very heavy rain caused landslides and there have been many deaths in western Japan mainly in the area around Wakayama.

Japanese people sometimes ask me about the UK. No earthquakes? No. No typhoons? No. It must be nice to live in such a quiet place...

The word typhoon is a strange word that seems to come partly from the Greek word for whirlwind and partly from the Chinese word for big wind. Perhaps the first time I saw the word was in a comic when I was a small boy. The hero was a big man called Typhoon Tracy. He helped people in trouble and he loved getting into fist fights. Then a few years later I read Typhoon by Joseph Conrad. It was about a ship in the China seas struggling to survive against the relentless power of a huge typhoon. Conrad also often uses the word hurricane. So my image of typhoons was of an almost mythical powerful storm. In Japan typhoons bring strong winds and heavy rain and some train lines temporarily stop all services but deaths on the scale of Typhoon number 12 are very, very rare.

Many Japanese TV stations send young reporters out into the storms to make reports wearing plastic raincoats and safety helmets so the viewers can see the real effects of a storm. I remember walking through water 40 or 50 cm (about 20 inches) deep on the streets in central Tokyo in the middle of a typhoon.

Years ago I was at an aikido summer camp on the Japanese coast when a typhoon hit. After the camp finished I went to the station to catch a train to Tokyo but all trains had stopped. I asked how long the delays would last and I was told, Nobody knows. But last time the trains were stopped for two days. Luckily they started again a few hours later.


free e-books
The Bishop and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov from project gutenberg including The Letter

The Works of William Shakespeare from project gutenberg

Typhoon by Joseph Conrad from project gutenberg

Elizabeth Bishop, Little Exercise
There is a link on that page to a downloadable pdf file of her poems

Nick Carbo, Typhoon Signal No. 1
more poems by Nick Carbo.
Nick Carbo is a Filipino poet who now lives in Florida. Biography from NPR.

Poems of Robert Frost downloadable text file
Pertinax is on page 357

difference between a hurricane and a typhoon

comic hero Typhoon Tracy

Typhoon Talas

my columns on aikiweb:
Improvised Weapons No.1: The Umbrella
Unbalance - Feet of Clay
Half a Tatami
Zen in the Art of Aikido

I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers for Tohoku. A pdf version is $9.99. 100% goes to the Japanese Red Cross to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

niall matthews 2011
Views: 4387 | Comments: 6

RSS Feed 6 Responses to "typhoon"
#6 09-23-2011 11:38 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Francis. In oneness always.
#5 09-21-2011 07:12 PM
aikishihan Says:
The prayers and good wishes of the entire Aikido world are with you, and the noble people of Japan.
#4 09-21-2011 09:09 AM
niall Says:
Thank you Francis. We are being buffeted by typhoon number 15 today.
#3 09-21-2011 09:02 AM
niall Says:
Hi Carina. Thanks for that memory. There is a great Buddha in Tokyo too.
#2 09-16-2011 03:51 PM
aikishihan Says:
Neat post, as usual Niall! Awesome picture of a typhoon (cyclone, hurricane) in the Pacific. Say, that's one hellava storm brewing in Aiki Web as well, as we speak. Can't seem to avoid nature, human or otherwise now can we. It always comes back to survivability. In oneness.
#1 09-16-2011 09:42 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall, an interesting post! It reminds me our trip to Tokio with the aikido group, we went to Kamakura to the great Buddha and to the beach, 1 time I put my feet in the pacific. My collegues took their pants off staying in underwear to take a bath, a big japanese family was watching us and laughing about this funny foreigners. After a while we saw a small point growing as it approached, it was the lifeguard running to us to tell us not to go in the water because a typhoon was expected.

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