Monthly Archives: August 2014

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 日本の夏 Summertime Blues

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Ask anyone who has lived for practically any amount of time in Japan his or her thoughts about the country, and chances are you’ll get an earful about the summertime heat. It’s impossible not to notice. The heat is everywhere; it even sticks to your body! That’s the trademark of Japan’s humidity, which makes the summertime temperatures next to unbearable.

 

日本に少しでも住んだことのある外国人に日本についてどう思ったか聞いてみて下さい。きっと質問した人全員が夏の暑さについて語るはずです。語らざるを得ないからです。何処もかしこも暑くて、身体にも熱がこもります!日本の夏の特徴である湿気が夏の気温を耐えられないものにしているのです。

Summer by Photohito

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I know all about heat. I used to live in the California desert, near Palm Springs. It gets very hot out there in the summer. But that heat’s dry, so it takes an extremely high temperature for it to make a person uncomfortable. But those temperatures do come, and they last all summer. Here in Japan, however, the temperatures aren’t nearly as high as those of Palm Springs or other deserts, yet the heat is just as miserable.

Summer by appwoman

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The difference is the humidity, and everybody in Japan at this time of year knows it, feels it, and lives it. Ever experience the joy of using the trains during rush hour, and coming out dripping in someone else’s sweat? If so, pat yourself on the back! You’re about as close as you’ll ever come to being a real Japanese!

Summer by Siren-motorcyles

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When I was working as an ALT in Gifu Prefecture the first year I moved to Japan, I knew the summers would be hot, but I just didn’t know how hot. I don’t think my fellow American teachers knew, either. One of them was so overwhelmed by the heat that she fainted in the middle of class! That was a wake-up call for all of us to take better care of ourselves during the summer. Thankfully, I haven’t had any close calls like that, but I’m always mindful to drink enough liquids and try to stay healthy. While we can joke about it, the heat in Japan really is no laughing matter.

 

The good news is that Japan has vending machines on pretty much every street corner, train station, you name it, so mineral water will always be close at hand. I find that Aquarius and Pocari Sweat (yeah, yeah, I’ve heard the jokes a million times, and so have you, so let’s not go there) do the drink and can keep you hydrated.

Vending machines by livedoor

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So be careful this summer, but let’s also have fun. Japan still blossoms, even in the sweltering heat.

vending machin by honyakusitem

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I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 広島69年目の原爆の日 69th Anniversary of the A-Bombing of Hiroshima

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This year, August 6th is the day when Japan commemorates the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In the drizzling hot summer morning, about 45,000 participants observed a moment of silence at 8:15, the exact time the bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945, at the annual ceremony in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park near ground zero, which destroyed 140,000 people’s lives in an instant. The number of surviving victims, known in Japan as hibakusha, was more than 190,000 this year. Their average age is 79, and many of the attendees at the ceremony were their younger relatives and descendants.

今年の8月6日は広島に原爆が投下されてから69年目の原爆の日である。雨の降りしきる蒸し暑い朝、被爆地近くの広島平和記念公園では平和記念式典が営まれ、45,000人の参列者が8時15分に一分間の黙祷を捧げた。原爆投下は一瞬にして14万人の市民の命を奪ったのである。「被爆者」として知られる被曝した生存者の数は19万人以上にのぼる。被爆者の平均年齢は79歳になり式典の参列者の多くはその若い親族や子孫達である。

In his peace declaration, Mayor Matsui called the atomic bomb an “absolute evil” that deprived many citizens of their lives and plunged the survivors’ lives into  inhumane turmoil, calling for the abolition of  nuclear weapons and the realization of the world peace.

松井広島市長は平和宣言の中で、人々の命を奪い被爆者の人生を凄惨な地獄に陥れる核兵器を「絶対悪」であるとして核兵器廃絶と世界平和実現を訴えた。

Attendees this year included Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, and representatives from 67 other countries, including Britain, France, and Russia.

今年の式典には安倍首相、キャロライン・ケネディ駐日米国大使をはじめとして、英国、フランス、ロシアを含む67カ国からの代表が参列した。

Mayor Matsui

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Kennedy

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