What a fucking week
Please, take your time reading this post. Thanks in advice
Last weekend and this week has been a bit of a fucking clusterfuck, thank you Mother Nature for being this much of a bitch. (Don't provoke Mother Nature Makoto if you don't want another typhoon)
Anyways, most people in Tokyo were called out to go to the nearest shelter to survive the typhoon, some people had the time and calmness of taking pics of the purple sky and strong winds (Like Nightkid or BigSmoke) and post it in social media. Others weren't admitted into said shelters, like homeless people in some parts of Tokyo. The poor people had to go through the typhoon without any type of shelter or protection resulting in one confirmed death of a homeless man near a flooded river. Of course Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that these actions were clearly unnacceptable and that shelters are for protecting people, every kind of people.
So after putting you two scenarios of the same problem, it's my turn to tell what my peers and I had to do while the typhoon was going full blast. (no pics because no one takes pics while being on the edge of death)
(+: Me / -: Hanteo / *: Akane / @: Other workers)
- Guys, today is your lucky day, your early Friday leave of the month has been moved to today, orders from above. I want you all out by 3 pm.
+ Well then, anyone wanna go out for some drinks?
+ You're always down, will you drive me all the way back to Mie if I get wasted?
* I've driven you back to Mie twice the last month, when are you
driving me back to Ueno?
- Don't worry I'll drive him to Mie, I think he has been doing it frequently to spend more time with you.
* Aww he's so cute trying to move on his ex.
+ Will you guys stop teasing me?
@ Umm lads, I wouldn't go drinking tonight, Hangibis is coming straight through Tokyo. If I were you I'd prepare things for the worst case scenario.
+ Prepare? What do you mean?
@ This one is going to hit really hard, or so news say.
+ Harder than normal?
* Yeah I guess. No fair, I wanted to see everyone drunk again!
/Phone rings/ +Sorry guys I need to take this call.
- Yeah no problem, anyways, everyone get out of here its almost 3.
(+: Me / -: Muza / *: Other workers / =: Hanteo / @: Akane)
+ What now
- Did you get an early leave?
+ Yeah, workmates are suspecting its because of the typhoon.
- Same, so what now? Should we call AJ and ask him?
+ If you want to, might worth checking if they're leaving early too.
- Got it, I'll tell yo-
/TV News: Typhoon Hagibis turns out to be stronger than expected. Studies say that the force of the typhoon could have devastating consequences in the Kanto region. The Shinkansen and other related railways might shut down tomorrow in the mist of the calamity. We recomend putting valuables and important objects in high, protected places to prevent worst case scenario events. Onto the Sports section, Fukimi-san please tells us about the Japanese Grand Prix.../
- Umm, we might want to get our cars protected.
cars you mean. My CZ4A and S15 are protected in a storage in Mie, the real problem are those cars in Westkyo.
- So what do we do, everyone we know has their garages cramped with shitboxes.
+ Lemme ask someone. Guys do you have any space for an extra car in your garages?
* No mate, I gotta pass on that, I need to find an elevated place for my R32 Golf.
= Same here. My AE86 just arrived recently from the shop and it has now taken the free space in my garage, plus I have a boat in it too. At least if it floods I can take the Impala around.
@ Don't joke about that old man!
= Hey show some respect to your elders little girl!
@ Oh just silence your mouth! Anyways I can't help you, I live in a condo building and I park both my hachirokus in the building's 3 story parking for residents, sorry.
+ Thanks anyways.
Muza are you still here?
- Yes, so what?
+ No luck, we might want to get the cars in public parkings.
- Mate I own a Merc AMG and AJ owns an Audi, they're gonna get stolen.
+ By whom? another lad trying to find a suitable place to park their car?
- Oh shit, right.
+ I'll see you in Westkyo at 4:30, get AJ's ass too.
- You're quite bossy today huh.
After that chat I proceeded to get into the Mustang and go to Westkyo, meanwhile Muza was trying to get AJ out early.
(+: Muza / -: AJ)
+ AJ are you free?
- What do you mean?
+ Did your company announce an early leave?
- No, I have to stay here till 8. Why tho?
+ Pledge for an early leave and get your ass to Westkyo. Hagibis might flood it.
- I don't think the typhoon will be that hard.
+ That's because you haven-
- Wait a sec, the supervisor is here.
- I got the early leave, Hagibis is indeed going to be a strong force to contend with.
+ Westkyo, 4:30, run. See you there.
(+: Me / -: Muza / *: AJ)
* What now
+ Umm, we should get our cars out of here and find somewhere to park them.
- But how?
* Yeah, how?
+ I thought of finding suitable parking spots, talking to the owners of the parking lots and make a deal with them for a duration of the calamity, write the addresses somewhere and coming back when all of this has ended.
* Wait, parking lots
? Why multiple spots?
+ Do you think these people will let us park 15 to 20 cars in the same place?
- Hmm, good point. But how do we come back here to get more cars If public transport is halted?
+ Easy, we'll cramp ourselves in the Stang, my cars are safe in Mie so I don't care much about me.
* If you say so.
+ Everyone in your cars, the first location that came up in my mind is a mall parking that doesn't get visited a lot. They might be willing on helping us and other people to get their vehicles away from danger.
And so we all got in our cars and started to search places to get their cars safe. The modus operandi was easy and simple. Go to a certain area of the city or nearby whereabouts and scout the area until we find a lot that agrees on our conditions and park the cars there. Then blaze back to Westkyo in the S197A as fast as possible and let Muza and AJ get another two car and repeat the whole process.
At one point we all lost the sense of time as we were focused on getting the shitboxes out of the Kami HQ, night fell soon after and tension around the city of the west started to rise up as light rain started to fall. Shuto felt crowded than usual at 8PM as more and more people were leaving work and preparing to get to their families as soon as possible. By 9PM we decided to get some dinner at a FamilyMart while filling up the thirsty S197A with much needed petrol. As the three of us discussed where we could take the remaning 8 cars out of the seemingly endless list of cars Edo called us.
(+: Me / -: AJ / ×: Muza / ÷: Edo)
÷ Hi Kami guys, I need to ask you a favor.
- What's it?
÷ I need to evac my 9 cars out of Tsukuba.
× Well shit, sorry but we can't help you mate.
+ Yeah, we're evacuating AJ's and Muza's cars to nearby places of Tokyo. We have 8 to go.
- Hey what about Sera?
× Yeah, Sera might help you, plus that would be some quality time
+ DO. NOT. CHEAT. ON. SERA. REEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
÷ Guys calm down, she can't help.
+ Wait, why tho?
÷ She's on her way to Tokyo, her father called her to help her family get prepared for Hagibis.
× Yo Hagibis do be soundin' like a final boss tho
+ If we continue to goof around like this it might be the final boss of your cars.
- Yeah, we should get moving boys, I don't want to loose my hard earned collection of unreliable cars.
+ Let's not let em die.
- Let me
+ × ÷ FUCK NO.
÷ Anyways, I gotta find someone who can help me get my shit out. Talk to y'all later.
+ - × Good luck.
÷ Good luck to you too.
After that brief break we all went back to saving our cars from a nature force we couldn't control. We continued to search and park cars till 2AM. At this point traffic had died down and gotten back to normal levels. With 4 cars to go we all decided to call it a day.
In Wangan there was a clear lack of lorries and trucks going in and out of the capital because of the imminent dangers that Oct 12th would bring. But this didn't stop certain car enthusiasts from showing up in Daikoku, in the most eastern part of the city, to encounter the same weekend warriors and do some loops in Shuto.
The love for cars in this place is insane in different ways. Some people show up in their favorite meeting spot to do the same weekend activities and blaze around Shuto while others are ripping the expressway to save their cars. Either way, this was the first time we all saw Tokyo this lively, in the mist of a devastating disaster people were still going around at the same speeds and confidence as a normal Friday night, but who am I even criticising, there's people who has gone to Suzuka while the Typhoon was probably flooding their homes just to see the F1 event.
We all arrived at Mie at 3AM after stopping by Muza's place. The night became dawn and the rain didn't stop all night. 7AM rolled in and the news reports were all over the typhoon.
/TV News: Hagibis has already reached Japanese territory and we can feel its ferocity knocking our shores. Waves has risen to dangerous levels and its hitting our northern shores really hard. The Ministry of Security advises citizens to stay at home until a new warning has been emitted and to stay far from the coast. We just got reports from Fukushima, two waterproof containers filled with radioactive waste from the 2011 Fukushima disaster has been displaced from its original place and has been washed a few hundred metres. The Ministry of Ecology has stated it hasn't leaked yet and that has been retrieved, posing no danger to the public.../
(+: Me / -: AJ / ×: Muza / ÷: Akane)
+ Well guys, lets get the last 4 cars out and finish thi- /phone rings/ wait a sec.
÷ Hi, umm senpai, how's it going?
+ I told you not to call me senpai-
- × EYYY MARC MAKIN' MOVES
+ SHUT YOUR ASS, anyways I'm doing great, what about you?
÷ Our area got a shelter warning, I might have to stay in a shelter tonight.
+ Well shit, I still have to find places to park four cars.
÷ I see two free spots in a 4 story covered parking lot in Ueno, the first floor is empty as they dont let people park there.
+ Yo thanks for the tip, I'll treat you to a round.
÷ And get advantage from a drunken woman to please your sexual desires? I rather pay myself thanks
+ What the fuck.
÷ Just kidding, I'll accept the freebie, I gotta go, later!
Um guys, lets go to Ueno, a co-worker of mine says she found two spots.
× - Let's get moving then.
8AM, rain has stopped for a while, but that didn't meant Westkyo was safe. The night of constant hard raining meant dams had to release water, in consequence rivers surpassed their limits and started to flood certain parts of the city to ankle levels. Near the coast things were as bad as inner city, as the water from the waves were starting to affect the docks, and that was where our place was located.
Upon arrival we already encountered a flooded Westkyo up to our ankles. It was clear that we needed to move fast.
By 9AM we already got the 2 cars asigned for Ueno parked and protected. It was also this time when some places in the Kanto region started to emit shelter alerts. The reality became clearer than ever, Tokyo had no other fate than to be flooded to waist height.
We spent 6 hours with the last pair as all parking spots were taken, with desesperation we decided to get them to Tsukuba as Tokyo was at its limits. And so at 3PM the Ichigo and the LS FD3S were secured. On our way back to Tokyo the sky turned purple, it was then when the calls to shelter became a reality, everyone in Tokyo had to go to the shelter assigned to them depending on which area they lived in. Akane ended up witnessing how shelter officials denied the entrance to two homeless men as they weren't residents of the area.
One of them ended dead, drowned on the banking of a river nearby. The other one went missing.
As of Westkyo, it got flooded to waist height, by the time we went to check the road was blocked by rising water, we had no choice but to turn back and head to Mie and wait till it died down.
October 14th was a chaos. People was given access to Tokyo to start cleaning up. Some families were mourning the disappearance of their family members, others were mourning the damages of their homes. Either way, it was heartbreaking for a lot of people.
In my case I was due to move to my new apartment this week, but that got cancelled. The lobby of my condo building was flooded to knee height and everyone was prohibited from entering the building until it got inspected and secured. In Thursday the building let people enter back to their homes, the lobby was paint and furniture-less, covered in paper and prived from its wallpaper.
Work hasn't resumed operations yet. Neithef of us three hasn't gone yet to work, instead we've been searching for a new place to continue Kami-Sama, albeit with no success.
Its Sunday 20th now, and Tokyo has resumed normal life while fixing damages. Other areas got affected in harsher ways, some places had been flooded till second floors. I genuinely think we just got lucky.