Arriving in Nara last night, we went in search of udon, While slurping up our noodles in a random noodle joint, I looked up at at the TV and said to HOB “look at that weather forecast—looks like there’s a typhoon over Japan.”
Oops! There was a typhoon bearing down on us, projected to be the strongest in years. We checked into a hostel and assessed the situation, which honestly was pretty depressing. I’ve been planning a hike through on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail for months, but now that was out of the question since the trains were going to be suspended and anyway it wouldn’t be safe.
This morning the lady at the hostel reception told me the grocery stores would probably close, so I ran to the 7-11 at the end of the block for food.
The lady from the hostel said to stay inside because it was dangerous out, so we did…..for maybe an hour or two. Then we got bored and said “Why don’t we just see if the museum down the block is open?”
We borrowed big umbrellas from the hostel and walked to the museum where, no surprise, a sign informed us the museum was closed due to a typhoon. But the actual surprise was the friendly deer who met us at the entrance to the closed museum.
I mean, how could we stay inside now that we’d met these deer? After a while HOB said “Are the deer bowing?” and so I started bowing and then they bowed back. I mean, I’m not going to let a little typhoon keep me from formal inter-species greeting.
So then I should tell you we sensibly returned to our hostel, but okay so maybe we just walked a teeny weeny bit more (and by a teeny bit I should say we went to a lookout point above Todajii Temple.)
Then it started raining even harder so we did finally return to our hostel, where we are holed up for the rest of the night, promise.