On August 16, 2007, the highest temperature was recorded in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture and Kumagaya in Saitama prefecture. The new record is 40.9 degree which renewed the old record in Yamagata, 40.8 degree for the first time in 74 years. Here is an article about the former record in Yamagata.
This intense hear has lasted quite long. It is almost over 30 degree everyday in Kanto, east and south part of Japan. These hot days cause heatstroke everywhere. There are 18 people died because of heatstroke in total in Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa, Mie, Shiga, Ohsaka, Hyogo, Saitama, Gunma, Tokyo, Akita, and Kyoto at the present.
Specially, old people and children tend to get ill with this heat. What is the problem about old people is they don’t use air conditioner. They think it is not healthy to keep turning on air conditioner and it costs money. Some even close the windows suffering thief coming in at night.
Summer in Japan is terrible with humidity. Even if the temperature is really high, you may not feel so uncomfortable without humidity. However, it is disgusting and unpleasant just with it. It is like you are having a sauna all the time.
Take lots of water and eat properly to survive summer in Japan!
I think some of you guys who are interested in Japanese and reading this website know how to write month in Japanese; 一月、二月、三月…十一月、十二月. How about the month in different way of writing? In old Japan, people showed months as Kanji like below list. Those Kanji are still used to show a month. I was born in 葉月. Which month were you born in?
January(一月)…睦月(Mutsuki) Reason: There are various views of 睦月, and most convincing one is to mean having a banquet with whole family.
February(二月)…如月(Kisaragi) Reason: 如月is used in China as another name of February.
March(三月)…弥生(Yayoi) Reason: The month that plants grow thickly.
April(四月)…卯月(Uzuki) Reason: There are several views of 卯月. However, it is considered as the month a plant, deutzia blooms.
May(五月)…皐月(Satsuki) Reason: The month to plant rice seedlings
June(六月)…水無月(Minazuki) Reason: There are several views of 水無月. There are two convincing reasons. First, the month lucks of water after rainy season. Second, the month that filling water into rice field.
July(七月)…文月(Fuzuki) Reason: This month is related to Tanabata, and people give poetry. (not certain reason found)
August(八月)…葉月(Hazuki) Reason: The strongest reason of 葉月 is the month leaves fall down.
September(九月)…長月(Nagatsuki) Reason: The shortened word of 夜長月(yonagatsuki/ the month nights get longer) is strong reason.
October(十月)…神無月(Kaminazuki) Reason: The month Gods from all over Japan are out of their towns because they gather Izumotaisha in Shimane prefecture to talk about a year.
November(十一月)…霜月(Shimotsuki) Reason: The month to have frost
December(十二月)…師走(Shiwasu) Reason: Final month of the year
Nissan motors announced they developed concept car which prevents drunken driving with some functions that detect alcohol smell in the car. This development is the first attempt in Japan.
The concept car detects alcohol using shift lever from sweat on your palm and with sensor on the driving seat by alcohol smell that comes out from your body.
When the car detects alcohol which can be drunken driving, it tells you with various messages and sounds, and rock the car not to drive.
Moreover, a small camera attached to the meter at driving seat watches how long the driver close their eyes, also the car watches how much the driving winds. If the driving is considered as having possibilities of dozing driving or drunken driving, the car warns and rolls up safety belt several times.
Nissan motors are going to have more experiments and consider to put the car to practical use in the future.