夏 natsu—summer

It’s hot. Now that the rainy season is over, we just have relentless sunshine, heat and humidity.

Daily maximum temperatures are around 35°C (95°F). Now, I don’t have much experience with high temperatures, but I wouldn’t have thought that sounds too hot. I mean, it’s maybe 10° hotter than a hot day in Ireland, but it’s not like it’s in the 40s. But humidity is a big factor in the comfort level, and it is very humid here. So when you open the door and go outside, it feels like stepping into a sauna. Another factor is that there is very little shade, at least around midday.

So is it tolerable? Well, yes, up to a point. But it’s limiting. Yesterday I walked for about 1 hour in the sunshine and started to feel dangerously overheated. Today I was doing some light weeding in the garden, and after about an hour I was pouring with sweat and glad to come indoors. The hot weather slows you down, makes you feel lethargic (natsu-bate—summer lethargy), means that you don’t feel like going outside, and when you do you have to be careful.

Another issue is that the daily minimum temperature is around 26°C. That is to say, the temperature dips to 26°C just before sunrise, and by 6.30 a.m. when I am taking the dogs for a walk it is already a sticky 28°C. This means that it’s too warm to sleep without air conditioning, and permanently too warm for the dogs to be comfortable outdoors. But they need their exercise.

A couple of weekends ago I made the mistake of taking the dogs out to Tsurumi Ryokuchi park in the middle of the day. Tsurumi Ryokuchi is a very large, wonderful park in the east of Osaka that hosted an international “Flower Expo” in 1990, and still has many features left over from that event.

At the time of the Expo, each participating country was invited to create a pavilion representing their country. The country pavilions remain, and despite 2 decades of neglect, it is still interesting to see the different designs.

This is the gate-house of the Korean pavilion.

Monaco:

Belgium:

and Spain:

 

I didn’t get a photo of the Irish pavilion, because the dogs were really suffering from the heat and it was a dangerous situation for them. They took every opportunity to cool off in the various lakes.

In the Bulgarian pavilion they jumped right into a shallow stone trough that had once been a water feature, and tried to immerse themselves in the greenish, brackish water.

 

It was time to go back to the car and go home.

 

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