Indeed summer is here, and it is formidable. Even as I write it is almost 30ºC outside with humidity at 81%! Summer in Kanagawa can be really uncomfortable, even if you are not directly in the sun (which I do not recommend for prolonged periods of time) the humidity will wrap around you even in the shade. So time to bring out all the fans and air-cons you have! Eating mint ice-cream that all the konbini’s have started stocking doesn’t hurt either.
Kanagawa is on the coast so if you want you can make use of the beaches and the sea that for some are a short train journey away. I myself am close enough to Enoshima if I want to go for a dip. If you want to go somewhere truly tropical then our neighbour Shizuoka which boasts the Izu Peninsula, a place with some truly stunning beaches and scenery. I will be heading there for a beach weekend this month to really appreciate the sun rather than feel stifled in my room and office. If you love a good surf then Chiba is not too far either and is known to have some of the best surfing around. So you see, there are ways to not only combat but enjoy the summer sun here.
Here in Japan summer doesn’t just come with heat but also with festivals! Known as Matsuri (まつり) they are hugely important here and they are everywhere, selling food, having parades and setting off so many fireworks they really are a visual spectacle and not one to be missed. Luckily for the JETs we arrive with this in full swing and here in Kanagawa there are plenty to pick from. So go out and enjoy them, eat as much as you can and have a great time!