August 14, 2004
Record breaking season

Despite dim prospects in for medals in Athens in the next few weeks, Japan’s doing great in other record breaking areas. Mother Nature is having her own field day here in Tokyo.

This is the 40th straight day of manatsu-bi, midsummer days that reach 30 degrees or more.

It’s the longest unbroken stretch of hot days since Tokyo meteorologists started taking notes in 1923. The previous record was 37 days in 1995.

Tokyo’s new record doesn’t touch the one set in Kobe in 1994: 76 miserable dog days. Kobe can keep that gold medal; that is one record I hope we don’t break.

Posted by kuri at August 14, 2004 05:04 PM


TOO hot hot hot hot. I can’t stand. Yesterday I went to ODAIBA, many young family enjoyed at the park outside. —- BUT we only had luncn at JAL hotel using coupon. It was really nice!

Posted by: Mieko on August 14, 2004 08:12 PM

Starting from tomorrow, there is “Uchimizu dai-sakusen 2004”
Japan has a tradition to shower the streets on a late afternoon of a hot day. This creates a (somewhat) cool breeze and makes life a little easier in the Japanese hot summer.
According to the above project, we are encouraged to do this during 8/18-25.
They claim that last year, the temperature dropped 1degree(C) in some parts of Tokyo.

Posted by: tomo on August 17, 2004 10:18 AM
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