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blow off

With the typhoon season well and truly here, it's a safe bet that with every typhoon-related news story there'll be a paragraph about an oji-san (old man) who got blown off the roof of his house and sent to an early grave (or perhaps not so early). I've never even seen an oji-san on a roof during non-stormy weather, so what on earth compels them to get up there when 100mph winds are battering their abode?

Anyway, as I haven't got a photo of a Japanese man on a roof, my sophisticated photo editing software has been forced into action. Here's a picture of an English gentleman on the roof of a Japanese house during fine weather.


It's best to stay off your roof during a typhoon.
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On Tuesday, 13 September, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Old men being blown of roofs during typhoons? An amazing phenomenom. Time for a worldwide expos'e. Sandy  



On Tuesday, 13 September, 2005, Blogger Tokyo Girl said:

Never seen an old man on a roof? Here in Tokyo they don't restrict themselves to roofs; they can be spotted prancing around on the overhead electricity cables, and are often to be seen precariously balanced in trees -- just waiting for the typhoon to hit.  



On Tuesday, 13 September, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said:

rod hull went that way - it can happen to the best of us! stu  



On Tuesday, 13 September, 2005, Anonymous lee said:

There's a service round my way offering oji-san the chance of being blown off on their roof; but I guess that's another story altogether...  



On Wednesday, 14 September, 2005, Blogger Davecat said:

'Old Men On The Roof: The Side Japan Doesn't Want You To See.'

That's a pretty realistic Photoshop job you've done, by the way. :-)  



On Thursday, 15 September, 2005, Blogger RisingSlowly said:

I know exactly where you are coming from. I've often wondered why folks go for walks along typhoon-swollen rivers and then die. Like doh!  



On Tuesday, 27 September, 2005, Blogger Jackson B said:

I was a bit disappointed by the lack of oji-san death reportage in the last couple of typhoons.

Maybe there's been some kind of campaign.  



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