Finally looks like the mornings are starting to lighten up. After a week of incredible snowfall up here in Kobe, the last vestiges of winter are slowly fading to be replaced with warmer breezes and new greenery. There is still … Continue reading
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With the new year well begun, and with snow now a regular occurrence across much of Japan, January is a time of new beginnings.
It’s Christmas. In Japan, that means synthesised carols streaming from grocery store speakers; girls in Santa outfits standing outside shops selling white Christmas cake; and couples. Couples everywhere.
It is bitterly cold this time of year in Japan. Early though it may be, winter is truly here, with its icy breezes, thick clothing and the sudden surge of Christmas goods in shops.
It would appear that autumn has given us the slip.
Summer is finally starting to leave the nation of Japan behind, taking with it obscene heat levels and humidity, as well as tropical storms and adverts about package deals to Hawaii.
The summer holidays are in full swing here in Japan, and the heat is unbearable. A shorter than average rainy season in June is what has apparently caused this incredible heat wave, which is predicted to last for several more … Continue reading
Along with the insipid summer heat, the one thing that stands out for Japan during July is the festival of Tanabata. A celebration of hope, the festival is based on a story of two literally star-crossed lovers, exiled to different … Continue reading
It was late in coming, but Japan’s rainy season has finally arrived.
The chill of winter is long past, and now the mild balm of spring is also fading away. In its place, Japan is experiencing the first throes of sticky, rainy, humid summer.
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