Seasons in Japan

The seasons in Japan are divided into 4: spring, summer, autumn  and winter. If the rainy season is also counted, it is 5. Were the seasons of the Philippines only “hot summer” and “not hot summer”?

In Japan, the progress of the season is different depending on the region, because the national land is long in the north and south. Each season of Tokyo is roughly as follows.

  • Spring: March to May
  • Rainyu: June
  • Summer: July to September
  • Autumn: October to November
  • Winter: December to February

There are many hot days in summer in Tokyo than Cebu. The main reason is the heat island phenomenon. Cause, Many paved roads hold heat, An enormous number of air conditioner outdoor units discharge hot air, Tall building blocks the cold wind from the sea, Etc. Moreover, Japan has high humidity, so even at the same temperature we feel hotter.

Winter in the southernmost Okinawa Prefecture is milder than Tokyo. But it will be colder than the Philippines, because it is north of Luzon Island.

Rice eater

According to one theory, Filipino will die without rice. Japanese people are also Rice Eater like Filipino. There are various ways to eat rice in Japan. But it is different from Philippine style.

The easiest rice dish is “Onigiri(おにぎり)”. Onigiri is a rice ball, like the Philippine Puso. You can buy it at every convenience store and supermarket.

おにぎり

Many onigili are wrapped in blacky seaweed, and you can eat seaweed together.

Moreover, valious side dish in it. Typical side dishes are follows.

  • Umeboshi(梅干し) ← Salted plum
  • Konbu(昆布)← Seasoned kelp
  • Salmon()← Grilled salmon
  • Ikura(イクラ) ← Salmon egg pickled in soy sauce
  • Tunamayo(ツナマヨ)  ← Tuna flakes with mayonnaise
  • Tarako(たらこ) ← Grilled egg of Alaska pollock
  • Karashi mentaiko(辛子明太子) ← Pickled egg of Alaska pollock in spicy seasoning
  • Tenmusu(天むす) ← Tenpura of shrimp

Generally Onigiri is cheaper than other rice dishes. Moreever, onigiri will be discounted from 9PM at the many supermarket.

Why many Japanese can’t speak English?

If you are an ESL teacher, you know that many Japanese can not speak English well even though they study English at junior and senior high school for 6 years. The main reason is follows.

The occupation period was short

The 1st reson is literally.

Japan was occupied by the United States after the Pacific War. However, the United States did not enforce English education. After that, Japan fulfilled independence.

English education system was not for communicate

In Japan, English education was just an examination subject, not for communicate. Therefore, there were many English teachers can not speak English well. Of course their students will not be able to speak English.

It was not necessary for many Japanese people

The 3rd reason is core of this theme.

Fortunately, Japan had a strong economic power for a long time. And domestic economic scale is also quite large. Therefore, many people did not have to look overseas.

However nowadays, the English communication skill become important also in Japan.

The head of state

The head of state of Japan is the Emperor. Prime Minister is the next.

However, the Emperor is not involved in politics. Emperor is positioned as a symbol of Japanese integration.

The main role of the Emperor is as follows.

  • National acts (such as the appointment of ministers)
  • Traditional ritual from ancient times
  • Imperial diplomacy
  • Consolation

For example, when a massive disaster occurs in the country, the Emperor and the Empress go to the site and encourage the victims. For ordinary citizens, consolation by the head of state is very honored and encouraged.

Some people may have different ideas, but almost all Japanese respect the emperor. This is not only a tradition from ancient times, but it depends largely on the personality of the Emperor and his father (previous Emperor).

Also, the current Emperor is a fish scholar. His specialty is goby. Sometimes, he was asked to identify the goby that is difficult to classify, from foreign researchers. And Yellow prawn-goby is common in the Philippine sea. The Japanese name “Gingahaze(ギンガハゼ)” of the fish was named by the Emperor and the Empress.

Yellow proun-goby、ギンガハゼ
Gingahaze(Yellow prawn-goby)

The December 23 is the national holiday called Emperor’s Birthday. However, the present Emperor is planning to make a concession to the Crown Prince, because of the elderly. February 23 will be the next Emperor ‘s birthday from 2019.