日本の夏 = Hot

I have had several friends here ask about whether summer here is hotter than at home in Georgia. Since The American Heatwave has made it to the nightly news here, the Japanese public has been confronted with the possiblity that it might be as humid / hot as here. I mean, Himeji's weather is just like Athens. It's just that there is no Cool Biz at home. So we have central heating and air everywhere. I mean, don't get me wrong. I care about environmental stuff...I guess.

But I digress. It's hot. And in the office the other day I turned around and asked The Boy why the air conditioner was set on 30 degrees (don't get excited, that's about 86 degrees in the civilized world). I was being a smart ass until I got up to check the thermostat and it was actually set on 28 (82) degrees! Then, in a decidedly un-j move, I was like, "Ooooh! I was right!" So he got up and set the air con on degree lower and moved the big fan to where it was blowing on me. Then, later, we went for ice cream after work. Friday was a good day. It got even better when my Japanese teacher and I went out for kaiten sushi (conveyor belt sushi) and the place had ton katsu maki (a sushi roll with a small piece of fried pork chop inside) and bibinba maki (the same kinda roll with Korean BBQ inside).

This weekend was pretty eventful. On Saturday I went to fireworks a few towns over in Tatsuno. I went with my friend and her family. It was good. We had a big dinner. Drank a lot. And then stood dangerously close to a large fireworks show. I think it's a good show if you can feel the concussion from the explosion in your chest. Everyone had a good time, but my friend's niece was scared. She's about 4 and kept asking me if I thought the fireworks were going to be scary. I said they're not, but once the show started she covered her ears. She was pretty scared.

Sunday I hung out with Emiko and her nieces for the first half of the day. It was pretty fun. The girls are so little and cute. It was also cool because they're fairly easy to understand (but if I said something the 6 year old thought was problematic, she'd correct me). They were so full of energy, it's a little hard to remember ever being that genki.

Later in the day we went shopping and then went to have dinner at Hummock Cafe , small resturant near Himeji harbor.

(The building was made from old shipping containers, but the inside was great. The actual dining area, on the 2nd floor, actually had stone flooring. )

From the patio there we could see the fireworks show a few towns away in Kakogawa. It was a good show, but for some reason, in Japan, fireworks shows seem to go in waves, or stages. So we kept thinking the show was over and then another stage would be starting. We were lucky because the weather was nice and we could see the tiny explosions. Since it was so far away, the sound of the fireworks reached us about 30 seconds after seeing them. Not bad, though.

After dinner our little group went to have coffee. My friend's friend is studying the tarot. She read my cards after my friend, who is totally disinterested in The Occult, said I wanted that done. For the short term, it seems that nothing too earth shattering is going to happen.