Typhoon 16 is currently passing near the Seto Inand Sea and although there is lots of rain, there isn't much wind. The storm changed direction and rather than coming directly over this area, it is skirting up the Eastern side of Shikoku and heading Northeast. The typhoon's central pressure is 960 and will rise to 970 by afternoon. By 3pm, the storm will have passed and we'll have clear skies and sunshine!
The ferries to Shiraishi Island should be functioning. We'll let you know here if, for some reason, they temporarily stop running. Those who have reservations on the island today should still be able to get here, although we recommend taking an afternoon ferry to avoid the heavy rains.
Note: The car ferry is more reliable in inclement weather than the passenger ferry. Ferry times to Shiraishi Island, leaving from Fushigoe Port are: 11 am Shiraishi Ferry (orange boat), 13:00 pm Kanafuromaru (white ferry with a big picture of Mt. Fuji on the side), 14:40 Shiraishi Ferry. 15:25 Kanafuromaru, 17:00 Shiraishi Ferry.
See you on the island!
This update was Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:25 am JST. For more information about the typhoon, see the Japan Meteorological Association website.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
This slow moving typhoon is taking its time, sauntering North from Taiwan and should amble to Japan's Kyushu Island by Tuesday and these parts of the Seto Inland Sea by Wednesday. At that point, the typhoon itself will be slouching around as a tropical storm, at 990 hectopascals of pressure; not even enough wind to stop the ferries! But there will be rain and today's forecast is for rain on and off. Once the typhoon arrives, heavy rain is possible. By Thursday, we should be back to fine weather again on the island!
PS The Moooo! Bar will be open serving typhoon moogaritas throughout....:)
Sunday, September 11, 2016
September is a great time to be on the island and reservations have been rolling in for the long weekend of Sept. 16-19, the holiday of Sept 22 and the last weekend in Sept, the 24th and 25th. Here is a current selection of availability (or non-availability, however you want to look at it):
International Villa fully booked Sept. 18
Shiraishi Guest House fully booked Sept. 24
If you'd like to come out to the island in September, get your reservations in soon! See the Moooo! Bar website for accommodation options.