This is just downright poopy. Even the few Japanese students I know have commented on how down right crummy it’s been lately. I am not talking about the prefectural elections coming up, but the weather. For the first month of my stay, October, it was unseasonably warm. Now that things have finally cooled down, Autumn has hit. I would like to believe that the change in seasons in a country that likes to brag about its four real seasons would be gradual. Kinda like the gentle swing of a pendulum from one extreme to the other. But no.
In the span of a single week we’ve gone from the low eighties to a brisk upper fifties to low sixties. However, I can handle the cold without much trouble. My classmates from the Philippines, Ghana, South Sudan, and India, however, are not fairing so well. However, what drives me a bit nuts is that Mother Nature has decided to be cruel and rain… every… single… weekend. The weeks are wonderful. The sun shines with a gentle breeze every now and again. The leaves are turning colors (which is beautiful by the way and called “Koh-yoh” in broken English). Nevertheless, when we finally find the free time to actually get out there and enjoy it, the cold and wet descends upon the Kansai area of Japan.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain. I love the kind of downpour that really makes it awesome to walk around in a a waterproof shell. And those that know me, know that I have plenty of them! However, when every weekend is muddled with a dash of the wet (and in October, humid) weather, I am not a happy camper.
Despite my complaining, I need to keep in perspective the one fact that cannot be ignored: it will get worse.
Right now I am in the dry season. That’s right, dry. In the months of June, July, and August, it will rain anywhere between three and four times as much. And it will be oppressively humid. I am talking 70-90% humid almost all the time and occasionally a ridiculous 100% humidity. So, it’ll be basically raining every direction simultaneously and at the same time not. Blugh.
Alright, I need to get over it. I signed up for this tour of academia here in the sub-tropics. I can weather the figurative storm. I sincerely hope all my electronics can as well. I here that photography equipment does not take kindly to ambient moisture. That’s why second-hand lenses are so cheap here in this part of the world – they’re often infested with mould. Bummer.