I want to thank all those who have prayed for Japan. Typhoon Hagibis has passed, but not without severe damage. As of now, about 50 people have lost their lives in the storm, and some people are still missing. Please pray for the comfort of those who lost their loved ones and their homes. Please pray that God would work in the hearts of His people.
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This typhoon, Japan’s nineteenth typhoon of the year, is predicted to hit the eastern part (most of Honshu) of Japan sometime on the 12th, Sat. or 13th, Sun. The typhoons that have previously come have caused enough trouble already: landslides, houses losing their roofs, etc. The speed of this new typhoon is 50 meters per second. This typhoon has the same strength as the typhoon that caused 1,200 casualties a couple of years ago. Please pray for Japan, especially for God’s people, that the damage won’t be too severe and that there won’t be too many casualties. Please pray that God will use this typhoon to make His people rethink their ways and come back to God and ask for His forgiveness. The salvation of God’s elect is the most important thing. Since all is in God’s hands, it’s not really something to worry about, but I’ll really appreciate your prayers.
1 Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”
Mr. Nature here–with something almost never seen by human beings: a giant squid.
Well, maybe not the 40- or 50-footers that sometimes wash up, much the worse for wear, on stony shores; but big enough to wow the crowd of people who saw it in Toyama Bay in central Japan.
What was it doing in such shallow water, so close to land? Who volunteered to go down there with a camera and film it under water? (Jules Verne would have definitely advised him not to!) There isn’t much information to go along with the video.
I suspect this poor animal is sick, too weak to keep the tide from washing him inshore, too distressed to react to human beings. Healthy squid are extremely vigorous, with extremely healthy appetites. I do love calamari rings, but there’s a limit to how much risk I’d take, to get them.
The mamushi (Gloydius blomhoffii) is the most dangerous snake in Japan. Approximately 2,000~3,000 people get bitten by these snakes, and approximately 10 people die every year because of the snakes’ venom. (See Wikipedia)
The mamushi is also called the Japanese pit viper.
The color of these snakes are mostly brown, and they have diamond shaped heads. We have these snakes around the neighborhood in warm seasons. We’d better be careful!
The Okinawan habu, from Okinawa, is also very dangerous. This snake and the mamushi are the most venomous snakes in Japan. (Other snakes include the yamakagashi, himehabu, etc.)
This mountain (about 360 meters) is about one-tenth the size of Mt. Fuji (3,776 meters). This mountain is approximately one twenty-fourth the size of Mount Everest (8,848 meters).
On October 31st, 2018, which was Reformation Day, Dad, bro, and I went hiking. We met a few people on the way, including an elderly man who said that there was a good view from the top of the mountain. On one of our breaks, at an “arbor”, we met another elderly man who came talking to us in a friendly way. (It was hard for us to speak, since we were almost out of breath). He went up first.
And so for about an hour we huffed and puffed, exerted our strength, and made our way up the mountain little by little. (I think this is my second or third time I climbed this mountain, the first time being when I was five or six years old).
And after many huffs and puffs and eeks and yeows (Well, OK, no “eeks” or “yeows”, ’cause we ain’t climbing Mount Doom…), we reached the top…
Dad, bro, and I looked at the nice view from the top of the mountain and sat on a bench to rest our aching legs. We ate mini Haribos, and yup, those were the best tasting Haribos I’ve ever eaten in my whole life!
According to Dad, the best tasting coffee he ever tasted was on top of a mountain. I like to drink coffee, especially in the morning. My favorite coffee blend is the Kilimanjaro Blend, but really, this has nothing to do with the topic…
Going back to the story, we said goodbye to the kind man whom we met at the “arbor” and climbed down the mountain.
Altogether it took us about an hour and a half to climb up and down the mountain. We walked about 1,850 meters both ways (approximately 4 kilometers altogether).
When we finally came back to the starting point, we thanked God for keeping us safe on our way and for letting us enjoy the nature that He created for us. We had a wonderful time climbing the mountain and we hope to do it again some other time… maybe a different mountain. 😎
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” — Psalm 90:2
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