Being in Japan in the Summertime Means

by Kevin R Burns
(Kanagawa, Japan)

Being in Japan in the Summertime Means

Never having to go to a sauna.

You really can cook your egg on the sidewalk! "Don't step on it! Can't you see I'm cooking!"

Never letting a Japanese person tell you: "I like Japan because we have four seasons." The appropriate response to this misguided statement of course is: "You don't have four seasons you silly Nihonjin,you have three: bloody hot, bloody cold, and Rainy!"

Enough frogs or cichadas (take your pick) outside your bedroom window to wake all the dead in every horror story Steven King has ever written.

The bosozoku are out, the police in the koban having a royal milk tea, and it is open season on your ears.

Going through three shirts before you even get to work.

Beer gardens!

Bikini girls at Enoshima.

When you watch "The Wizard of Oz," and the Wicked Witch of the West says, "I'm melting!"It takes on new meaning for you. You can finally wholeheartedly relate to her feelings. You haveactually connected to a witch and you didn't even have to pay for it!

Listening to Africans complain about the heat and humidity.

Opening every encounter with everyone with the words, "It's hot isn't it?"

Sitting down and bracing yourself before checking your electricity bill.

Being in the shade is just as hot as being in the sun.

Cockroaches the size of hockey pucks and just as fast too!

Taking two baths a day.

Sitting down and bracing yourself before checking your water bill.

Praying to the Air Conditioner God everyday and twice on Sundays.

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