How’s the weather? 2019.10.03
I come from a country which has tropical weather. We basically have two seasons in the Caribbean; the wet season and the dry season. The sunny or dry period ranges from January to June. Then comes our ‘winter’ or rainy season for the last six months of the year (except it’s so hot, the rain never freezes to become ice or snow). Most days however, are hot, humid and sunny.
People often think it’s magical when I say I lived on an island. I beg to differ as the heat is torture and unbearable at times. It makes you uncomfortable and irritable. We are no stranger to natural disasters either. In my experience, I’ve felt earthquakes and seen hurricanes. There is intense flooding in many parts of the island and talking about massive flows of water, yea, we have amazing, beautiful beaches but that’s also dangerous because we’ve had tsunamis as well.
Fun at the beach back home
Since coming to Japan, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying two winters, spring, summer (it’s like being at home for two months; summers are short here) and autumn. I much prefer the chilly or cold days in the seasons outside of summer. You have to bundle up, which is a lot of work believe me, but it’s manageable because you can get to a state where you’re warm and cosy. If we’re talking about summer, there’s nothing you can do to escape all the ‘joys’ that come with the thick, moist air, the high temperatures and the incessant beads of sweat emanating from every part of your body (and soul!). Let’s not forget the mass of bodies on the train; sticky and strongly scented.
Although temperate countries are usually associated with four seasons, in Japan I’ve heard the citizens consider the total to be five. The additional one would be the popular ‘tsuyu’ or rainy season which drenches the month of June and sometimes July as well. It keeps the air from being unbearable, it’s not dry or moist, it’s regular but be warned that you need to update your wardrobe with a pair of ‘chameleon’ rain boots. It’s such a thing here that the boots you buy are designed to look professional and fit for work! They’re so functional!
Stylish rain boots
When I did my initial research about the weather in Japan, I also encountered a ‘typhoon season’ which comes around the month of September. We’re in September now and so far, we’ve had around eight typhoons for 2019 already! I’d call the season a myth although I’m sure there is some credibility in the claim owing to what weather the other surrounding countries are having.
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