Going to Japan in summer: coping with heat and humidity 夏の対策
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Kakigori with green tea.
Beat the Heat
Hot and humid, the Japanese summer can quickly become stifling! Yet solutions exist. Here is how to prepare for the Japanese summer!
With temperatures frequently reaching around 35 degrees, it goes without saying that light clothing is needed in Japan in summer. To cope with the humidity, choose preferably loose and airy clothes as you will perspire!
With a cardiganDespite this, always have a long-sleeved cardigan or sweatshirt in your bag to cover up when you go inside buildings, trains or taxis, as the air conditioning is sometimes taken to the extreme, to the point of causing a heat shock, which is a source of summer colds!
Do not underestimate the heat of the sun in Japan! Despite the ambient humidity, regular hydration is required because the body perspires. Fortunately vending machines abound in Japan, both in towns and in the countryside. So no need to take liters of water with you every morning!
Get a Japanese fan
These free fans, usually handed out as a form of advertisement, are great to help you cool off during the hot Japanese summer. They are often distributed at station or store exits. Convenient and efficient to cool down while walking in the streets!
Apply a cold towel on the nape of the neck
This technique consists in wetting a hand towel, the o-shibori kind distributed in Japanese restaurants, wrap it around an ice pack before applying it on the nape of the neck in order to protect you from the effects of the sun and peaks in temperature.
Crushed ice drizzled with fruit syrup, Kakigori are much more copious and refreshing than western ice cream. They can lower the body's internal temperature. Ideal for a refreshing break!