Monthly Archives: September 2010

I did it!

I was able to make a post a day in September, and today is the last day.  Not only did I complete this, but it was also the busiest month in terms of visitors.  More posts seems to bring more visitors.  But I won’t be doing a daily post or daily picture.  I will continue the weekly picture, though.

On a random note, I did something else today.  It was rather silly, actually.  After I finished work, I walked to the station and had to use an umbrella, since it was raining.  Well, I walked for about 30 seconds through a building and into the station while still holding my umbrella up!  I was using my umbrella inside!  I felt very silly, and I think a lot of people were probably looking at me funny.  Have you done something like that?

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I want to see so many places in Japan

There are so many places to see in Japan, and it’ll take a long time to see them all.  But around where I live, I can visit a large number of interesting places.  There are too many to list.  I want to visit every town and city in Kanagawa and Tokyo.  Every place has its own special feeling and atmosphere, I think.  I especially want to see the countryside and the mountains.  I also want to explore around Saitama, Shizuoka, Chiba and Yamanashi.  All of those places are nearby and are easy day trips.  A bit farther away are Tochigi and Ibaraki, but also doable in a day trip.  For a weekend trip, I could easily do Nagoya.  I think Osaka and Kyoto are a bit far to have as a simple weekend trip.  I’d like a little more time.  But my eventual goal is to visit all 47 prefectures in Japan.  I’ve been to only 6 prefectures.  Where do you recommend?

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Tokyo vs Edmonton: Seasons

Autumn has just begun, so this is a quick comparison between the seasons of the Tokyo area and Edmonton.  First of all, Edmonton is in a temperate climate zone, which has warm, short summers and cold winters.  Tokyo is in a humid subtropical climate, which has hot, humid summers, a monsoon season and a mild winter.

Autumn – In Tokyo, it starts out very warm or even hot in September, and finishes cool in December.  There’s plenty of rain and possible typhoons in early autumn.  In November and December, the leaves change colour.  It’s a generally pleasant season that is great for outdoor activities.  In Edmonton, it starts out warm or cool in September, and finishes very cold in December, below 0 degrees Celsius.  The leaves change colour in September to October, and snow can start as early as September or as late as November.  I’d have to say that autumn in Tokyo is far better and very comfortable.

Winter – In Tokyo, it starts out comfortably cool in December, but quickly gets colder, with temperatures of around 7 or 8 degrees in January and February.  Snow is possible, but doesn’t happen every year.  Plum trees start blooming in February, with cherry trees blooming in March.  By March, the temperatures start getting comfortable again.  In Edmonton, it’s cold and snows the entire winter.  March may see some thawing, but the snow is usually still there.  Unless you like cold weather, Tokyo has the better winter, where you can stay active outside all season.

Spring – In Tokyo, the season starts out with blooming cherry blossoms and comfortable temperatures.  It’s absolutely beautiful by May, and it starts getting hot then.  Spring finishes in June with hot, humid weather and the beginning of rainy season.  In Edmonton, spring starts out cold, but in April, the snow melts and leaves piles of sand on the side of the roads.  This results in possible blowing sand.  Everything starts getting green around the end of April or beginning of May, and it becomes quite beautiful.  Spring ends in June with warm weather.  Snow is often possible as late as May.  Who wins?  Tokyo is beautiful, and it’s the most amazing season I’ve seen ever.  Edmonton has residual winter, and it can be quite messy.  Tokyo has the better spring.

Summer – In Tokyo, summer starts out hot, humid and very rainy.  It’s rainy season.  That lasts into July, when it becomes hot, humid and very sunny.  The rest of summer until September is hot, humid and very sunny with the occasional typhoon.  This season has very stable weather with little variation from day to day, and even night time temperatures are hot.  Very uncomfortable for sleeping.  In Edmonton, summer starts warm, and is generally warm until early September.  In September, it starts getting cool.  Summer is unstable, and there can be widely varying temperatures, as well as incredible thunderstorms, which are very frequent.  It can be hot, and it can also be quite cool.  Who wins the summer battle?  This is a difficult one.  Edmonton is more comfortable, but the weather is unpredictable.  I can depend on the weather being stable in Tokyo in summer, even though it is incredibly hot and humid.  I’d call it a draw.

What’s your favourite season?

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Census day

October 1st is the population census day in Japan.  Today, I received the form and information about the census.  A couple of friendly looking government census workers came to my apartment to drop it off, and they gave me an English explanation.  I can mail it out to them, and that’s probably what I’ll be doing as soon as I can.  I wonder how many Canadians live in Kamakura.

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Mixed forecasts

I’ve been checking the forecast for tomorrow, and I don’t get a good answer.  Some say rain tomorrow, some just say cloudy with a 20 or 30% chance of rain.  I was hoping to walk 20km tomorrow, but now I’m not so sure.  It’s possible I may just stay home instead of go walking.  Well, that may mean some good blog posts.  We’ll see.

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Headache

I didn’t anticipate a headache, but I have one tonight.  This is going to be a very short post.  But at least I’m making a post today.  Hopefully back to normal tomorrow.

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The post a day experiment

I’m nearly finished the post a day experiment, with less than a week to go.  I’ve been able to post every day, but I’ve found it difficult to think of something to post about every day.  It’s been an interesting experiment, but I won’t try it again after this month.  I think the main problem is that I feel forced to do it, when I’d prefer to post when I have something to post about.  I have plenty to post about, but I often need time to do many of the bigger posts.  I intend to post as often as possible in the future, though.

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