RAIN! EARTHQUAKES!!

Fall is coming to Japan as well, and we have had a couple of really good rains. Nothing like cleaning the house, catching up on emails and doing laundry on those days. And home learning - I got ambitious and did all multiplication tables in one day - we wrote out a big chart. That will make for good practice for a while.

Yesterday we rode out to the village thinking it would just be a bit of a drizzle. Well we got soaked, and to boot we found out that the stores we wanted to visit were all closed, including the Kamo library. So folks if you come to rural Japan, maybe plan for an 'in-day' on Mondays.

A beautiful Kamo wellcover in the rain. 

A beautiful Kamo wellcover in the rain. 

At home after dinner we were sitting by the table and heard something like distant thunder. And then the house started to shake. And it shook way more than we have ever experienced in Vancouver. It swayed and felt soft. A moment of startled panic just had time to wash our faces and then everything was calm again. Phew. We went on with our business and twenty minutes later came another one. Same thing - only maybe a little bit stronger - and then it was gone. 

Truth be told, it was a little scary. So we had a good discussion about it and since Taeko-San and Toshi-San did not even come to check in on us from next door we figured this was totally run of the mill stuff for the locals. We checked online and there was a 6.0 quake outside of Okinawa yesterday - this may have been ripples of that.

It feels good to close with stating that it is much safer to be in the country than the city in case of an earthquake in Japan. (After the last earthquake in Tokyo a lot of young people moved out of the city - more on that later). The wooden country homes are quite resilient - here is a picture of our attic showing some of the fasteners on the beams. There were bolts and plate fasteners as well, but I photographed these 'staples' as I had not seen those in Canada. 

This picture is straight above our Tatami room, and once I was able to cast my mind to this, we slept well. 

Our attic - check the cool 'staples' providing lateral stability for the roof structure

Our attic - check the cool 'staples' providing lateral stability for the roof structure