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Cicada on a tree

Cicada on a tree

That’s a truth about Japan we had to discover…..
And bugs can be mighty big here. On campus, some remarkably large praying mantises are hanging around. Last year, we unofficially made a huge black and yellow spider the mascot of IPMU. And recently, we heard of a case in which a small dog was killed by the bite of a poisonous Asian centipede!
Personally, I suffer a lot from the mosquitoes, which thrive in this humid climate. I seem to be particularly allergic to one kind, which gives me swellings bigger than the palm of my hand. But there’s more than that. (more…)

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Japanese Summer

We had heard the worst things about the Japanese summer. About how hot and humid it was.
What I did not know was that I would not see a clear blue sky in weeks. The extreme humidity is due to the fact that Japan is constantly under this big cloud. Sometimes in rains from it, sometimes it opens itself up for a little while and lets some sun filter through. I guess it’s fair to say that on an average day, it rains somewhere in Japan.

Rain radar echos for the Kanto region from the Japan Meteorological Agency

Rain radar echos for the Kanto region from the Japan Meteorological Agency

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090805090330 My garden has recently seen some setbacks.
Of course, after one month away, it was in a so-so state. This was to be expected. Some plants had died, some had grown very large and out of proportion, and some of the herbs had bolted and started flowering. The clematis had suffered considerably, but the morning glory had gone a long way in climbing up the lattice and producing flowers on a daily basis. Due to humidity, my Zinnias and Cosmos were suffering of powdery mildew, yet they kept growing new flowers. But with regular watering, cutting and planting a few new flowering plants, the garden was recovering.
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In Japan, the summer season is also fireworks season. Everywhere, fireworks are planned, and among of the most famous ones are the Sumida River Fireworks in Asakusa.
The firework display starts at 19:10, just after the sun has set, and last until 20:30. Our Japanese acquaintances had warned us that the crowd attracted by the Sumida River Fireworks is huge, so huge that they prefer not to go. So we were really worried.
We decided to watch the beginning of the fireworks display from the roof of our building, which is maybe one kilometer from the river. We were not the only ones to have this idea, the roofs of all the buildings around had suddenly come to life.
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After having watched the first half of the fireworks from a distance, we decided that now, we finally wanted to see the famous crowd. So out we went! (more…)

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Home!

After one month in Europe, we’re finally back in Japan. Back home, since home is now here. Our household, our fishes, our garden, all this is in Tokyo now.
The fishes and plants seem to have survived our absence relatively unharmed, thanks to the help of our friend Ken and our neighbor.
Japan welcomed us hot, humid and cloudy. The rainy season has not yet passed. I am happy to be back, but also a bit scared by the hot summer ahead…. Definitely a climate I’m not used to.
Today, we’ll have to do another trip to Akihabara. This time not to get a heater, but a fan.

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