The unbearable heat of mid-summer Japan…

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For the past few years, our university has been encouraging staff members to take a whole week off during the ‘O-bon’ (All Souls’ Day?) period…
For this whole week, the university is practically closed…
This year, this period stretches from 12th August to 17th August…
Put in the two weekends, whoopeee, you get about 9 straight days off…
Incidentally, this is the time of the year when hordes and hordes of people travel back to their hometowns to partake in the O-bon rites (that is, to pay respects to their departed ancestors)…
The trains and planes are packed, and the streets and highways, pretty much jammed…
Many years ago, we tried driving to neighboring Ehime Prefecture and that experience made me swore never to hit the road again ever, during this time of the year…
We cherish staying at our home, anyway, and the long stretch of off days offer me an excellent opportunity to do some work around the house…
For a start, the pile of oak logs had been sitting there since February and I really need to chop them all up and put them in the racks for drying…
The chicken coop needs some ‘carpentry up-grading’ as a Japanese Rat Snake had managed to sneak inside some days ago… 
There are lots to do in the garden but the heat this summer has indeed been overly stiffling, even ‘murderous’ to a degree, I’d add…
Each day, the mercury shoots up to over 35 or 36 degrees…
For two days, we have had temperatures over 38 degrees…
And as if this is not enough, there has not been a drop of rain for weeks already…
Under this intense heat, I can only manage to do some work in the morning after breakfast, and in the late afternoon…
In any case, my clothes get thoroughly soaked with sweat in no time…
For three days, I had gone for a swim at the Japan Inland Sea, which is a mere five-minute walk away… it was so nice and refreshing…
And for two nights, we decided to sleep on our deck in the second floor, watching the Perseids meteor showers…
On the first night (13th August), I counted about 20 of them…
And yes, the picture above… my missus had been dishing out delicious meals for me throughout this holiday season…
That was one of my favorite noodles for lunch… prawn noodles… which she is getting to be very good at these days…

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4 thoughts on “The unbearable heat of mid-summer Japan…

  1. That dish looked very good and tasty to me too..We have lots of rainy days here, and not enough hot days this year..

    (A personal question: did you import all your posts from Blogger over to wordpress? I need to know how to do this..)

    • Yes, I did manage to import all the posts from Blogger into WordPress… I just followed the instructions and it turned out to be quite easy… good luck… you can do it…

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