Here Comes the Rainy Season!

In Japanese, tsuyu or “plum rain”: fortunately, not because the raindrops are the size of plums but because rainy season corresponds to plum season. Mmm, plums! Like most produce grown in Japan, plums taste better here than they ever did back home in Canada. Sure, they’re more expensive (though not in the $100 for a square watermelon range), and only available in-season, but dang they’re good! I digress…

Yes, it’s a good thing the rain drops are normal-size, ’cause on a day like today there’s a lotta them. Forecast called for close to 160mm of rain in parts of Tokyo and area. I don’t know how close we are to that measure, but I do know that it’s been raining hard all day and all night, and I’ll be amazed if parts of the city aren’t flooded by tomorrow. If they aren’t flooded already…

Speaking of flooding, apparently Tokyo has this amazing underground waterway system of tunnels and silos, the largest in the world apparently, to help control flooding. Called the G-Cans Project, the system operates from nearby Saitama and the tunnels are open to tours, where you can, as the tour literature puts it, “feel the grandeur of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel.” Actually, the pictures look amazing, some kinda steam goth medieval science fiction setting. Maybe Ridley Scott’ll use it as the setting for his sequel to Prometheus

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