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2012 Picture of the Week (34/52) – Mt. Fuji on a Cloudy Summer Day

It’s rare to see Mt. Fuji on a summer day, but thanks to some rain and clear air, it was visible under the cloudy sky. Also visible in this picture are the Tanzawa Mountains. I took this picture from the train.

The rare summer Mt. Fuji photo.

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Where are the cicadas?

This is the time of year that the sound of summer fills the air, cicadas. But where are they? I haven’t heard any. It’s eerily quiet.

So, why are they late? Could it have something to do with the unusually cool weekend we had? It was hot enough last week to bring them out, but nothing. I think it has to do with the cooler than normal spring and rainy season.

Hopefully, they’ll be out soon and we can hear their constant noisy song. I kind of miss them.

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You’re from Canada, so…

…you must love cold weather. Summer must be hard for you.

I hear that a lot.  It couldn’t be farther from the truth.  My least favourite season is winter.  I don’t like the cold.  Japan has varied winter weather across the country, but in the Tokyo area, it’s fairly mild, around 5-10 degrees.  It’s still cold to me.  It’s still my least favourite season in Japan.

I like spring and fall, but the weather is somewhat unstable.  It can suddenly become cool and make it difficult for me to get out of the shower in the morning.

That brings us to summer.  Summer in Japan is predictable and stable.  Every day, the weather is likely to be hot, humid and sunny.  I like that in Japan’s summer.  I even enjoy the hot weather.  It means I don’t have to feel cold for the next 3 months, at least not until November.

So, to everyone who thinks I must like winter because I’m from Canada, you’re wrong.  Give me Japan’s hot and humid summer over winter any time.

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The sun is set to broil

No, this is not about the CME (coronal mass ejection) headed to Earth right now, this is about summer!  If you remember, I wrote about the seasons in Japan, and I named one of them “Broil.”  Well, it’s time to broil.  The last couple of days have been quite hot and humid, and the heat just doesn’t go away at night.

Today, it was 32 degrees (Celsius for my American readers).  Tomorrow will be 32, as well.  Then 33 on Tuesday and 31 on Wednesday.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  But what an effect it has on people.  The trains get a bit smelly, people are wiping the sweat off their faces and necks with handkerchiefs, and constantly telling each other that it’s hot.

So, what can we do to relieve this heat?  Here are some of my ideas that seem to work for me.

  1. Have some ice cream.  I recommend Mint Crunky, which is a summer special ice cream bar coated with chocolate.  And it’s mint ice cream!  Delicious!
  2. Spend some time in a convenience store.  They keep them cold, mostly to keep the food from spoiling.
  3. Spend some time in a supermarket.  They’re also cold for the same reason.
  4. Turn on your air conditioner.  Expensive, and not really recommended so much at this time, as there is a bit of a power shortage in Japan.  Conserve power!
  5. Drink something cold.  Anything.
  6. Sleep without any covers.  Nothing worse than sweating in bed.
  7. Take a cool shower.  That feels so good!

What do you do to beat the heat?

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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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Isn’t the weather strange?

Yes, another weather post.  For the past 3 or 4 days, it’s been hot again.  It was 31 degrees yesterday.  It’s the second half of September, when cooler weather is supposed to be coming, but this summer just doesn’t seem to want to give up.  Well, starting tomorrow, the temperature will dramatically drop to the low 20s and will be accompanied by rain.  Cool and rainy days are in store for the next 3 days, then warming up again on Sunday.  By next week, summer returns!  What a weird summer.

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