You know that feeling you get when it’s so humid outside that you literally feel like you’re swimming through the air? Oh, you don’t? Well, you’ve obviously never lived in Japan. As I sit here in this non-air conditioned room at school (Let’s be eco-friendly everyone! No, let’s not, it’s freaking boiling in here!), the thermometers reads 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) and 80% humidity.
It’s the dog days of summer in Nihon right now, and man oh man is it hot!
During this time, people in Japan traditionally send暑中見舞い(shochuu mimai), summer greeting cards. 暑中means “mid-summer” and 見舞いmeans “get-well letter.” It is basically a postcard wishing the recipient good health during the mid-summer days. Many of the messages are friendly greetings and comments about the unbearable heat, but they all dance around the tone of “please don’t die because it’s hot enough to kill you right now.”
And it really is hot enough to kill. Every week on the news, there are announcements that someone has died because of heat stroke (they are almost always elderly folks). Because of the dangers of Japan’s hot weather, there are constant reminders over the intercom in our living room to be careful of heat stroke and to be sure to drink enough water and sports drinks.
So happy summer everyone! Khoa and I are sending you shochuu mimai -esque thoughts, wishing you good health in these hot mid-summer days.
And for those of you back home in sunny, but not too hot and definitely not humid California right now…I hate you.
Blogging is such a personal endeavor. I feel like I’m exposing myself, my feelings, and my thoughts to the world every time I click the “publish now” button. It has the personal touch of a diary and the permanence and revealing nature of….well, anything on the internet. Anyone could be reading this entry now, friend or foe (although I’d like to think that I don’t have many of the latter), all of whom have the potential and right to agree with, disagree with, and judge my every word.
Now that I’ve entered an essay contest, that level of judgment has increased tenfold…because people are literally judging my writing.
I wrote an essay about Khoa and my experience as a married couple on the JET Programme for a new JET-related website. If my essay gets the most likes on Facebook, I will win the contest and gain the feeling that “you like me, you really like me.”
So please, if you have a few minutes to spare, head on over to JETprogram.me, read my essay, and if you enjoyed reading it, please click the little “like” button at the top. It would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time and effort in helping me in the contest!
And thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We really appreciate all of our readers for taking time out of your day to read and care about what we write. Also, thank you to those of you who click the “like” button or comment on Khoa’s photos. It really means a lot to us and we get really happy every time the little jingle on Khoa’s computer rings, telling us that we got another comment, like, or follower.
So in summary, THANK YOU!
-Khoa and Michelle