Tokyo braces for typhoon

Tokyo braces for typhoon


norman lebrecht

September 30, 2018

Public service announcement:

All trains will stop from 20:00 around the Tokyo metropolitan area due to the coming of the 24th typhoon.

A reminder of how the 2011 earthquake affected orchestras and musicians.


  • Thomasina says:

    They can predict the path of a typhoon, but not a earthquake…

    • Max Grimm says:

      Typhoons, in their (comparatively slow) formation/expansion, offer very visible and measurable weather patterns, and also allow time for scientists to follow their progression or to fly toward/into them for direct study and probing.
      Earthquakes most often don’t give any forewarning but simply occur. Different methods for earthquake prediction have been theorised about and tested for the better part of a century but to this day, none have had any demonstrably consistent accuracy or success. The only worldwide consensus is that effective earthquake prediction is still “beyond the current competency of science”.

      • Thomasina says:

        Yes. I think that is the primary reason for the fear of earthquakes. I grew up in Japan till the beginning of my teens and l know well the fear that the ground suddenly shakes.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Huh! Virginia trains stopped all trains north of Penrith the other weekend. Just a gale, hardly a typhoon. I appreciate that the Lake District is a bit exposed but really! Try again tomorrow they were announcing. The fact that the majority of people traveling were returning from holidays and probably skint didn’t seem to have occurred to them.
    At least in Japan they have excellent trains and real weather.
    End of rant!

  • Barbara says:

    Why is this on Slipped Disc? No mention of the disaster in Indonesia ( if this has become a general news blog.)

    • Hilary says:

      I would imagine there are no concert halls in Indonesia?

      • Alex Davies says:

        There is this one, which claims to be the first and only concert hall in Indonesia: It’s looks quite nice. The gold-plated neo-classical statues and the portraits of the great composers are perhaps a little kitsch, but it’s quite nicely done. All accounts are that the acoustic is excellent. The organ is around one third the size of the one in the Royal Albert Hall. The repertoire performed seems to tend towards the popular (though no more so than a typical RPO tour of small provincial theatres), but in a country that has had relatively little exposure to western classical music it’s hardly surprising that tastes do not yet run to Stockhausen and Birtwistle.

  • Thrown_out_of_the_Kremlin_for_Singing says:

    Good luck!