Posts Tagged ‘Summer’
Much has happened in my life during the last two years making it seem even longer to me. Absorbed with changes, I have let things slide. So, like the door of the old Naramachi house, it is time to open and let some sunlight in and dust out.
When the summer is hot, as it is at the moment, I usually keep a melon seeded and cut into ready-to-eat-pieces in the Frigidaire.
I arrived home from the gym hungry and craving something cold, and filling. There was not much cold in the house at the time but I did have cantaloupe and bocconcini. I made my own variation of a Caprese salad by putting a little balsamic glaze on top; a healthy instant cool-down.
For those concerned that this is insufficient to restore one after a heavy workout I recommend a cheeseburger for dessert.
I have always enjoyed hot weather and thus for me there are few things more enjoyable than mid-summer in Japan.
The days following tsuyu (rainy season,) bring back childhood memories of inescapable heat and sunlight, air-conditioned Art Deco department stores and breezes flowing through the windows of slowly moving streetcars. I usually go to Japan every summer, however, this year I went in spring and a summer visit seems unlikely so I read some of my old journals to remind me of hot days in Nara, Kyoto and Osaka. I have come to enjoy the places of the remembrances as much as the memories they evoke.
Upon arriving in Nara I finally found the weather I was hoping for: hot and sunny with the smell of urban summer in the air. JR Nara station, 09/08/07
I commented that the morning was cool, but was reminded that by nine it would be hot again. Didn’t have to wait until nine; it was hot by eight. Sanjou Dori, Nara, 09/08/08
The breeze blows through the house and provides some cooling. The air conditioner is not yet purchased. First morning in my new house. Narayama, 09/08/11.
The feel of perspiration running down one’s back while standing on a platform waiting for a train is, for me, one of the true pleasures of summer. Nara, 09/08/12
Took the Yamatoji Kaisoku (express train) to Umeda. Stood at the front window and watched as the bright green rice fields of the Koriyama plain gave way to mountains and finally the urban metropolis of Osaka, once the world’s largest city. Refreshed with coffee and a tomato curry bun and am now ready for the walk to Namba. I am sure the hot morning and the shade trees of Midosuji will bring back memories of summers past. Walking on the west side I stopped in shady spots under trees to wait for the traffic signals to change. I come to Japan for the summer heat and today I have not been disappointed. Osaka, 09/08/12
Naoko took me to Kizu station and I took the first train available, a Miyakoji for Kyoto. Sat at an outside table on Karasuma and enjoyed the heat. Not sure what will happen today but the weather is good and its summer, my favourite time of year. Kyoto, 09/08/15
It is another day of the weather I came here for; hot in the sun and hot in the shade. Koriyama, 09/08/17
Had one last look at Sogo Shinsaibashi. I am sad to see it closing and will not forget finding a little taste of summer on the roof-top garden one sunny winter day. Osaka, 09/08/18
For the next few hours I will enjoy my final views of Japan from train windows. The rice fields are at the peak of summer green and Shizuoka they contrast with the blue-green of the tea terraces. Tokaido Shinkansen, 09/08/19
Two weeks of self-induced alcohol poisoning and heat prostration are drawing to a close. Naoko is at work and I am taking one last run across the Koriyama plain to Osaka enjoying the sight of the bright yellow-green rice fields slowly turning into mountains on the southwest course to the city. It is another day of the weather I came here for; hot in the sun and hot in the shade.
Affairs of heart and house are in good order. We had a great time together and are convinced that the new house was a smart thing to do. I unpacked and photographed the pottery we bought on the weekend (more on which later,) and the place is beginning to look habitable. Naoko has also extracted a promise that I will cook next time.
Speaking of cooking, I am looking forward to an evening of steak and wine together before Labour Day.
Congratulations to you and the team for the good start to the season. Naoko says she can totally share the experience. The kids at judo make crazy sometimes.
I still have several notes still in draught from which I’ll finish and send later.
Arrived in Osaka and a lunch of curry and beer awaits. Cheers Brother!