Oh How I Love Japanese Seasons!

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Seasons, beautiful seasons. Each with its own variety and differences.

One of the things that I love about Japan is their defined seasons. Yes, the UK has four seasons, but they aren’t nearly as clearly marked as Japanese seasons.
Cherry blossoms

Two weeks ago, it was cold. Spring had started to arrive and things were warming up. Albeit that we were still wearing trousers, t-shirts were possible, and jumpers discarded in the middle of the day. But then we had a cold spell. It started to rain and the temperatures changed from in the teens to below ten degrees Celsius. One day, we even had sleet! Granted it was a cold snap, and thankfully, two weeks later it’s warmed up. Truly warmed up.
Temperatures are now consistently in the early twenties and the summer clothes are starting to come out. Hooray!
BBQs are happening. Sitting on the patio. Quiet times on the patio.


It won’t be long though before the perils of summer appear. The humidity levels increase and (oh my hat!) the Mosquitos, but for now it’s glorious…

The humidity will arrive with the wet season- June and July. August in Tokyo is unbearable. Temperatures are generally in the high thirties and the humidity is over 70%. It is impossible to do anything without breaking into a sweat. Air conditioning is a life saver and necessity. Noticeably come mid-September and it will disappear. I kid you not. I was told about it, when I first arrived, and I didn’t believe the person. Seriously- the humidity goes in mid Spetember? But Lo and behold, come mid September, the humidity dies and the temperatures become bearable.
End of October and the jumpers need to come out of storage.
November sees the last of the mozzies. Finally!

Early December and the coats, wooly hats and gloves are needed.

Omotosando Dori

Omotosando Dori

January/ February sees the possibility of snow in Tokyo.

March- light coats, no more gloves, hats and scarves. ( though there are cold spells in between)

May- summer clothes…
Oh dear- that means legs on show…

Pale legs on show…..

Pale, hairy legs on show….
And so the summer body preparation begins.

About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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