Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Memories Of Summer

in Japan.

Who needs to be reminded of summer while being fried every time I venture outdoors in sunny sunny Kuala Lumpur?  If it's not hot, it's wet. If it's neither hot nor wet... then we have haze. Ugh. Natsubate? I experience natsubate all year-long!  Blergh.

Anyhoo...

I've been so pre-occupied with autumn, I forgot about summer in Japan. We experienced Japan's summer  while vacationing there a few times. Middle of the season in 2006 and towards the end in 2009 and 2010.

So, here's my summer in Japan...
We avoided popular spots in Tokyo so that we don't experience this much. Heat + crowd = migraine.

Instead, we opted for these
 
A lakeside trip, hoping to spot a dragon.  
 
We hiked up a mountain. Give a boy a stick and he can have fun with it for hours!
We picked a few fruits. Grapes and pears.
We visited a small island too and enjoyed the seaside view, along with a particularly nice trail walk.

18 comments:

  1. There's a cicada shell!

    Also lots of photos of Raimie! ^^

    Summer? Yup. Today will be 34° in Tokyo. I have to run now; will be back later to read all the other posts.

    Have a lekker Wednesday!

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    1. Guess who took that photo? Not me, of course. ^^

      Your cicada post inspired me to do this summer post.

      It's a lekker Wednesday alright as I'm still on Raya break! :)

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    2. You're still on holiday?! Hmph.

      Today was a really hot day. So what did I do? I went walking. :p

      After this morning's excursion, I've decided the Absolutely Worst Thing about summer in Japan is ... mozzies. (That's because I'm always blundering into woods where normal people don't go. Mozzies love woods and hot African blood.) Man, I need to start an import/export business: bring some REAL insect repellent and some REAL painkillers and some REAL deodorant to Japan. All three are vital in summer, but the local versions are too namby-pamby for a jungle woman. Hmph x 2.

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    3. Those lake and beach shots ...

      Dreamy. It makes me feel cooler just looking at them.

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    4. I'll stink to high heaven if I use the deodorants in Japan too! xD

      I'll take a cold waterfall any time to get me through summer! But yeah, hiking to waterfall = encounters with mozzies. Can't win.

      You went out walking in this heat!!!! You superwoman you.

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  2. Summer in Japan is hot and humid but can't beat it for all the fun festivals and food :)

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    1. Food? J.A., don't you mean beer? :p

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    2. We always seems to miss out on festivals, even the ons I badly wanted to see. Beer & festivals - great combo, no?

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  3. Do you mind to share where exactly is this place? I am surprised that grapes are still growing in summer season:)

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    1. Click on the grapes link and then the link in that post & you'll know exactly where we enjoyed our grape picking one late summer in 2010. ^^

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  4. The sea and the mountain is really good to spend summer.
    I prefer a mountain because it's very cool even if you don't swim.

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    1. Both are nice... I do prefer the mountains too. :)

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  5. How did you find these secluded spots during the busy summer vacation? I like the swan boats. It looks like a whole swan family out in the water.

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    1. There were people about but as usual, we tend to stray from the beaten path. ^^

      And visit those places at odd hours not usually favoured by fellow tourists. ;p

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  6. Nice memories for you and your family. Tazawako bay photos reminded of my trip there. Have a nice Thursday.

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    1. It was. :)

      Have a nice weekend ahead, Minoru. :)

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  7. I'm going to add one more thing to your formula :D
    "Heat + crowd = migraine + dizziness".

    You and your family did make a right choice :D

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    1. I think we did.

      But there are times we wish we join a few crowds there - for the festivals. ;)

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