Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot (1)

Let’s start off a hot week with a photo of a place hotter and steamier than anywhere I’ve ever been in my life, even Houston.  This is summer in Japan, where it’s hot, it’s humid, it’s relentless, and even in the shade (as my friend Kazumi warned) there’s no coolness. But Japan was so fascinating it overrode even the heat!

This was taken at a temple in ancient Nara, once the capital of Japan, even before Kyoto, let alone before upstart Tokyo. And the woman is, as you suspected, not carrying an umbrella against nonexistent rain: the umbrella is doing parasol service —


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15 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot (1)

  1. barb19 says:

    I’d love to go to Japan, it seems like a fascinating place to visit – in spite of the heat!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It is, utterly fascinating. And spring and fall are both lovely — cherry blossoms in one, autumn leaves in the other — just like all the Japanese prints you can remember!

  2. Stef says:

    Tomorrow it’s predicted to be 104 here, with a heat index reading of 120 degrees. Does that top Japan?

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I think maybe it does. But when I was there the first time, maybe 15 – 20 years ago, almost nothing was air conditioned — so there was not much relief from the heat anywhere.
      P.S. Stay cool yourself — in any language!

      • Stef says:

        Ah, that DOES make a big difference! I’m *very* grateful for our AC system… it would be truly miserable without it.

  3. aame says:

    Very NIce 🙂

  4. Patti Kuche says:

    I didn’t realize it could be so hot in Japan. Lovely shot of keeping cool, and composed, in the heat!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      That is a great descriptor for the Japanese in general: cool and composed.
      Except maybe today, winning the Women’s World Soccer Championship. They’ll be going crazy!

      • Stef says:

        I actually commented on this when my sweetie told me Japan won the championship today (he was rooting for the US, understandably). I said, “Yes, it’s sad the US lost; but of all the countries to win, I’m glad it was Japan. They needed something positive, after all the sorrow they have faced as a nation recently.” Hooray for their joyous excitement! 🙂

      • Touch2Touch says:

        My husband said essentially the same thing. Interestingly, so did the Japanese soccer team members in an interview before the (then) upcoming game — We want to win this for Japan, to make up for some of the bad things that have happened —

  5. Love the umbrellas. Funny how here in the US we use them mostly for rain.
    Kudos to the Japanese team!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Parasols (“against the sun”) evoke damsels in long dresses and frilly sunshades strolling in gardens —
      (At least they evoke them for me.) But nowadays everyone in the US wants to get tan, so parasols don’t cut it any more.
      On the other hand, we don’t want to get wet, so umbrellas are big! A utilitarian response —
      Thank you for stopping by and extra thanks for your comment. It’s much appreciated!

  6. Hot in MissouREE but at least we have a/c! I did not realize there was such incredible humidity in Japan! Lovely photo with the two women and an umbrella 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks for coming by and commenting — despite the pretty high heat and humidity afflicting MissouREE! Do you have a pretty umbrella you could break out? 🙂

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