I'm not a summer person, and have never been. My skin doesn't tan. My hair becomes a lion's mane. I don't know what to wear anymore. I hate shoes that show toes. I don't particularly like tank tops and shorts, nor look great in them. I don't enjoy having to carry a towel around to wipe my brow. I am not a fan of summer collections. Give me autumn clothes anytime, boots, knits, scarves, glorious coats and gloves.
Instead of complaining I usually write Summer Survival Guides, which contain tips to minimize the effects of this weather. To be fair, Japan is so well-prepared for extreme weathers (just like in winter), as they release all kinds of seasonal must-have items like cooling neck towels, minty face and body wipes, light and sweat-proof clothing collections (Uniqlo and MUJI usually has them), mini fans and even summer-specific menus.
Last week in Kyoto I tried a drink called hiyashi ame. Most people in Tokyo are probably not familiar with this as it's found mostly in Kansai, but it's a cold ginger drink with a bit of sugar, and it's so tasty and refreshing! I found a great recipe here. Ginger in general tends to be refreshing and soothing in hot weather, if you feel a bit queasy.
I mostly stick to cold water, green tea and mugi cha (roasted barley tea) on a daily basis. Sometimes it's easy to lose your appetite in this heat, but it's important to eat regular meals and hydrate constantly.
Any other tips to survive summer in Japan?
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