It’s early September, and what do I see? Halloween decorations. Sounds like some businesses are very enthusiastic about Halloween to be decorating this early. Not even out of summer yet. Well, I made this video a couple days ago about how businesses in Japan tend to decorate for Halloween far earlier than they need to. Keep in mind that the business I show is an opticians and they don’t have a special Halloween sale going on.
Now, this video isn’t just me talking about Halloween decorations. You’ll want to watch to the end, because I had a rather creepy encounter.
I sure didn’t expect that.
Anyone who lives in Japan will notice a lot of old houses get demolished. You never see a for sale sign in front of a house. Why is that? Well, the real estate industry is much different in Japan than it is in North America.
In North America, when someone moves out of a house, they sell it. It’s usually appreciated in value, especially if work has been done on the house to improve it. Houses are also built to last for decades. They’re solidly built. That’s not the case in Japan. Houses are not built to last. They’re rather thin-walled, poorly insulated, and many of them these days are prefabricated. Old houses are usually torn down and replaced with two or three new houses on the same property. Near my home, there was one property that was divided into seven. The value of a house is not so much in Japan. It’s the property that’s valuable. Moving out? Tear down that house and let the new property owners build their own. Or are you tired of living in an old house? Tear it down and rebuild in the same location.
I made a video about this as I saw a house in my neighbourhood being torn down.
Whenever I see something like this, I wonder what’s going to be built in its place.
Have you driven in Japan? I’ve had a Japanese license since I switched my Canadian license for it a few years ago, and when I drive, I rent a car. Usually, we rent a car to go to Costco. I made this video and discuss what it’s like to drive in Japan.
So, have you driven in Japan?
Two weeks ago, on August 1st, my family went to the 36th annual Isuzu Fujisawa Festival at the Isuzu truck factory in Fujisawa. Since it was only 20 minutes away from us on foot, it was a pretty easy decision to go to it.
The festival featured a lot of food, taiko drums, singing, festival games, mikoshi (portable shrine), and fireworks. As you’ll see later in the video below, we didn’t stay for the fireworks, but we did see some. The video features mostly the taiko performance, which is nice to watch. The girl dancing to the taiko music is my daughter. It was her first time seeing anything like this, and she really loved it.
If you’ve watched the video already, you’ll notice that we had a thunderstorm. It was actually quite intense with a lot of lightning. But I love a good thunderstorm.
Typhoon Halong, or Typhoon #11, as it’s known in Japan, passed over Honshu yesterday. It missed the Kanto region, but that didn’t mean it was nice a sunny. The rain was heavy and the wind was strong. In fact, the rain was a bit strange in the morning. Watch this video where I describe what the weather was like.
What was your typhoon experience like?
It’s hot. Here in central Kanagawa, it was a scorcher today. Definitely the hottest day of the year so far here. And the rainy season just ended! We have another 2 months of 30+ weather. I took a video today talking about this.
So, how’s your weather today?
Nothing like an early typhoon to start the summer. While it was one of the strongest typhoons in years, it fizzled out as it passed over Japan. Here in the Tokyo area, it was very weak. I saw only light rain and winds that weren’t very impressive. However, I did make a video to chronicle what was happening. Enjoy.