Posted by admin on October 7th, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized.
Finally, we’re experiencing the wet Autumn days that everyone has been telling us about since we arrived in Tokyo.¬† They said that the rain lashes at your ankles and the winds cut right through you.¬† Having lived without rain for so long in the driest city on earth (well, Canberra starts to feel that way after twenty-three dust storms in two days), we weren’t very prepared for this pre-typhoon rain.
The raindrops are enormous, the wind really does whip around and we have all been permanently saturated for days now.¬†¬†Just a small example.¬† I took Penelope to the doctor yesterday, wrapped up in her covered pram, me trying desperately to hold on to an umbrella, read a soaking map and steer the pram around the¬†throngs of Tokyo workers.¬† It wasn’t a pretty sight and all I can say is that I am grateful that our lovely doctor is British - he must be used to sodden patients turning up for their appointments.
On the weekend we decided to brave the rain and head to the Uedo Zoo.¬† We didn’t want to be scared of a little rain and we really are determined to make the most of our precious time here in Japan.¬† So, off we headed, the kids kitted out on their raincoats, brollies at the ready and plastic sheeting covering the pram.¬† Oh, what a sight to behold!
Darcy with the Polar Bears
The Zoo was fantastic!¬† It was worth every moment of running for cover and jumping over gigantic puddles.¬† In fact, I think the kids might have enjoyed it more because of the inclement weather.¬† What child doesn’t love big fat puddles to jump into?¬† Unfortunately, it did mean that some of the animals were a bit on the smelly side - aagh the wild dogs were quite putrid with their wet coats!¬†¬† Despite this, the Zoo is so well set up it blew us away - the kids could see every animal without us lifting them up, and the windows were so well positioned that the kids eyeballed both a tiger and a gorilla.¬† Superb!
A moment without rain! Penny and the flamingos
Tomorrow, the typhoon is supposed to hit us.¬† We have been warned that the schools will probably be closed and we will most probably be house bound for a couple of days.¬† I’ve been shopping this morning for important provisions - must keep a good stock of rice crackers for the kids and a couple of bottles of vino for Dave and I.¬† I’ll let you know how we fare.