This week is crazy busy. It may be Obon, and theoretically we're all supposed to be on holiday or having meaningful conversations with our ancestors at their graves, but that's not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me all 8 million gods.
What do Japanese people do when they have a holiday? They study. English. Our eikaiwa is so overbooked that I'm doing extra lessons in an effort to boost my travel budget.
I won't have a chance to do another ghost story, so I've rather haphazardly compiled a list of eleven* things that I associate with summer in Tokyo. I could easily extend this to a hundred, but let's stop at eleven. Anything you want to add?
Summer in Tokyo
- permanently damp body
- face cloth to wipe off dripping and shining but smiling (see point 5) face
- wind chimes
- people moaning about the heat while Ru gambols about happily, however …
- tropical nights (temperature above 25 degrees) that are really draining
- The smell of rotting garbage, festering in the hot sun, waiting for a garbage truck. You can even smell it in our apartment building's lobby, because the garbage room is next to it, and people leave their garbage there overnight.
- fireworks (festivals in general, but especially fireworks)
- watermelons and Yamanashi peaches = happy fruit freak
- gorgeous green trees (except the ones that've been pruned to bonsai size) [I'll never understand why Tokyo is so hell-bent on pruning shade-providing trees in main streets]
- hazy sky that hovers above the city like an angry scowl
* Eleven is quirkier than ten.
|Lunch for a fruit freak|
|Glorious green trees at Ōkunitama Jinja in Fuchū|