Despite initially heading towards the capital, Typhoon No. 12 (Talas) changed course and instead plotted a course through the west of Japan; the huge amount of water it deposited on the region causing untold damage and numerous deaths.
A shift in direction that meant Tokyo got away with just some windy conditions and a few heavy downpours. Or certainly that’s how it seemed. But in the mountains at least, those showers must have been very heavy indeed, as yesterday, the normally meandering and placid Tama River, was amazingly turned into a swollen and fast-moving monster.