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Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby I-samu » Sun 11.04.2007 8:16 pm

So I have been presented with a choice.
my mom said I could either go to Japan this summer or winter.
I've been to Japan before during the spring.
If I go to Japan during the winter, I'll be able to celebrate new years with my relatives and the whole bit, I've never been to Japan during new years before.

So when do you think I should go?
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Igirisu_gaz » Sun 11.04.2007 10:11 pm

Winter. Summer is obscenely hot and humid. If you have relatives there then you can go to a shrine on 正月 with them which is always quite an experience. If you want to do any travelling in summer you will be pretty reliant on air conditioning unless your made of seriously stern stuff.
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby I-samu » Mon 11.05.2007 7:40 pm

But isn't is obscenely cold in Japan during winter?
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Harisenbon » Mon 11.05.2007 8:08 pm

I-samu wrote:
But isn't is obscenely cold in Japan during winter?


Yes. Unless you go to the far north or far south, Japan is extremely hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter. You should go during the season that you feel most comfortable in, as there are wonderful events and things to do during all seasons.

Igirisu-girl obviously likes winter better. I like summer better. I find the cold absolutely unbareable.
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby stevie » Mon 11.05.2007 8:17 pm

I went in winter (January-February) - I didn't find it obscenely cold at all, in fact for me, it felt like springtime - apart from my first day in Kyoto when it was very cold and snowing (and it warmed up later on that day). My frame of reference is the weather in Edinburgh though, where winter can be a very cold, wet, windy bitch. Maybe I got lucky, but the weather I had in Japan when I went was on the whole, mild, sunny, breezy and a nice temperature.

To put it another way - I didn't wear a coat most of the time I was in Japan, but I didn't stop wearing a coat back home until about July. Of course, the UK had a terrible summer this year anyway but you can get the point.

I haven't been to Japan in the summer so I couldn't possibly comment, but all of my Japanese friends concur that it's just way too hot. And they're probably somewhat accustomed to it. I guess it's worth considering what you're used to.
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Mon 11.05.2007 8:54 pm

The outside temperature is not so bad, it's just the general lack of central heating that makes it very cold. If you're just on vacation, though, you may not notice.
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Igirisu_gaz » Mon 11.05.2007 10:00 pm

Harisenbon wrote:
I-samu wrote:
But isn't is obscenely cold in Japan during winter?


Igirisu-girl .


Girl? :(
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby richvh » Mon 11.05.2007 10:20 pm

I found the winter (actually, parts of two consecutive winters) I spent in Japan fairly mild (compared to the Hudson Valley of New York State), but then I was fairly far south (Yamaguchi-ken). I also don't remember the summers being that hot (compared to the previous three, spent in the marshes of the Carolinas, the Mississippi River bottomlands of Tennessee, and southern California.) But then, it was a quarter century ago, so my memory is hazy, and we did have to shut down the work center by noon, to avoid tripping the circuit breakers (which were located outside in the sun.)
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Harisenbon » Tue 11.06.2007 12:39 am

Igirisu_gaz wrote:
Harisenbon wrote:
I-samu wrote:
But isn't is obscenely cold in Japan during winter?


Igirisu-girl .


Girl? :(


Sorry, for some reason I always see the Gaz as Girl. :/
Sorry bout that. ;)

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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Wakannai » Tue 11.06.2007 12:43 am

that's how I pronounce it anyway :P
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 11.06.2007 3:11 am

I-samu wrote:
But isn't is obscenely cold in Japan during winter?


It would help matters greatly if you would narrow it down a bit. WHERE in Japan are you going to be? I don't want to insult your intelligence, but since Americans seem to be woefully lacking in the basics of geography these days I'll run that risk by pointing out to you that Japan covers quite a bit of latitude.

And aren't you in Colorado? A little cold is going to bother you? I can't help but be reminded of the scene in "Coming to America" where the landlord is showing the guys the shared bathroom in the tenement...."Little bit of an insect problem; but you boys from Africa....y'all used to that."
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby prep_girl_Nessa » Tue 11.06.2007 3:37 am

Harisenbon wrote:
You're welcome to call me Haris Enbon (which is what a lot of people call me for some reason) ;)


I usually read your name as Harisen-borg. I have no idea why xD
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 11.06.2007 4:28 am

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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 11.06.2007 10:21 am

As Mike mentioned, please tell us where you plan to visit. I can only speak from my experiences but the Ice festivals or Snow sculpture fetivals are very nice to see for the short time they are around.

do some research about the matsuri (festivals) in the local area your family lives in.
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RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

Postby Chris Hart » Tue 11.06.2007 11:04 am

Mike Cash wrote:
I-samu wrote:
But isn't is obscenely cold in Japan during winter?


It would help matters greatly if you would narrow it down a bit. WHERE in Japan are you going to be? I don't want to insult your intelligence, but since Americans seem to be woefully lacking in the basics of geography these days I'll run that risk by pointing out to you that Japan covers quite a bit of latitude.

Exactly. I just double checked a few maps, and Japan (about 25N-45N) covers almost the same range of latitudes as the Continental US (about 25N-48N). Based on this, I would expect the thermal extremes to ROUGHLY match up with the extremes here in the states. (desert areas excluded)
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