Rainy Season (II)
It has been a long time since I wrote the last blog. I have been weak and haven't felt like writing. Why? It is because of the rainy season.
The rainy season in Japan is unpleasant not only because it rains a lot, but because it is humid. The other day I saw the hygrometer in the teachers' room. It was 90 per cent. We sweat a lot every day. And the sweat is different than the pleasant perspiration from the hot and dry weather in summer. The humidity is so nasty that it deprives you of all the energy to do anything. My students can hardly endure a 50-minute class. The teachers' room has air-conditioners, but it is a rule that we cannot use them until mid-July. Our local government isn't very generous.
When I stayed at a hotel in Alberquerque, New Mexico, several years ago, one of the clerks said, "Are you from Japan? I've been there once." The other clerk asked her what Japan was like. She just said, "It was like the Philippines. The weather." I asked her when she had been in Japan, and she answered, "In June."
So don't visit my country in the rainy season. You would come to dislike Japan.