S'porean influencer moved to tears after helping old Japanese lady out of strong typhoon

The elderly woman wanted to get home, but was too afraid to move in the strong winds.

Mandy How| October 04, 02:49 PM

Typhoon Trami devastated Japan over the past week, resulting in four dead, one missing, and more than 120 injured, according to Channel NewsAsia.

To provide the an idea of what it was like, here are some videos and photos:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoYRulMgytC/?taken-by=tokyow0rld

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoXkSFJnFYz/?taken-by=windy_forecast

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoU08VHH2U_/?taken-by=windy_forecast

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoNrtitnCSy/?tagged=typhoontrami

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And two local influencers -- Rosalind Pho and Jemma Wei -- who experienced it for themselves in Okinawa, Japan, were left shaken.

(If their names sound familiar, it's because Pho is an actress on Channel 5's Tanglin, and Wei is also a blogger. They also host Hype Hunt on Clicknetwork.)

Venturing out in a typhoon

In their Instagram posts on Sept. 29, Pho and Wei wrote about their encounter with an elderly Japanese lady on the wind-swept streets.

According to Pho, the typhoon had been "crazy" in the morning, but looked somewhat settled in the afternoon, prompting the two to venture out to a nearby convenience store for food.

The first half of the following video shows Pho standing in strong winds, with clothes flapping about.

A man could also be seen falling in the background, and Pho went to give him a hand.

It was taken shortly after the girls had left the hotel:

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The second half of the video was taken after the incident with the old lady.

Old lady "almost hysterical"

Once out of the hotel, the two had gone no further than 50 metres when they considered turning back.

"People were falling and sliding, branches were separating from trees and flying across the road, and the rain actually hurt because it felt like it was needles slapping your bare skin," Wei wrote.

The girls were hanging on to the railings when they saw an old lady, hugging a pole with both of her arms.

Thankfully, Pho could speak Japanese, and learnt that the elderly Japanese woman was trying to make her way home, but did not dare to move in the typhoon.

The Singaporean girls then supported her from either side and half-carried her home, which was a few roads down.

Pho wrote that the old woman was "almost hysterical", while Wei noted that she was "legit shaking".

The winds calmed a little as they turned the corner to the apartment, where the elderly woman tried to give Pho and Wei money for a cab back.

The influencers declined.

Later on, Pho told Wei that the old woman had said something like, "Omg omg I can't make it home and just leave me here and save yourselves."

Overwhelmed

When the two finally reached the convenience store, Wei said that Pho burst out crying, because the latter "couldn't imagine how scared the old woman would have been if she had just been alone".

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The second part of the video showed the empty shelves in the family mart, and the two girls subsequently making their way back to the hotel.

Okinawan philosophies

Safely back at the hotel, Pho shared more about her thoughts -- specifically, the Okinawan philosophies that have touched her that day.

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Here's an excerpt:

"This is really what the whole Okinawan lifestyle is about. Like the Icharibacho-de: Once you meet, you are kin. You are my brother, you are my sister, and we just met this grandma, and we said, 'Okay, we'll take you home.'

And what's the other one? Yuima-ru, help the ones in need. Because you'll never know when you need help and then they'll help you back."

For those who are interested, Icharibacho-de could be translated as "having met, we are as siblings".

On the other hand, Yuima-ru also means "the circle of the people", which signifies the bond within the Okinawan community, denoting characteristics of unity, compassion, and sincerity.

Original posts from Instagram here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoUNwiPhCi7/?hl=en&taken-by=jemmawei

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoUHckqBcbb/?hl=en&taken-by=rozpho

Top image from Roz Pho's Instagram

 

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