Coldest spring in 41 years

17 Apr

Yesterday was cold and rainy in Tokyo again. In the evening the temperature went down to 2°C (about 36°F).

It’s sunny and warmer today…but still cool. The high temperature today is 11°C (about 52°F).

If you’re visiting Japan for the first time right now you’re probably surprised how cold it is for late April.
But this isn’t normal. It’s unusually cold for this time of year.

It actually snowed a bit in Tokyo last night.

On TV I heard that this was the first time that it snowed this late in the year in Tokyo since 1969!

But the weather forecast for Tokyo says that everyday next week will have a high temperature of around 18°C (about 64°F) and a low of around 11°C (52°F).
So hopefully the cold spell is over.

(But it’s forecast to rain next Wednesday to Friday in Tokyo. 😦 )

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My blog averages over 1,500 hits per day.
But yesterday my blog received the most visits in a single day so far…1,986 hits.

Before yesterday, my blog’s busiest day was 2010 February 14. It received about 1,850 hits that day.

Yesterday was my site’s busiest day…but I didn’t get a single comment yesterday. 😦

I appreciate all the visits to my blog. But I especially enjoy reading visitors’ comments…I guess most bloggers feel that way.

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16 Responses to “Coldest spring in 41 years”

  1. Tom May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Won’t let me reply to your last comment, Odd.

    Yea, maybe once or twice a week, hit up a nomihodai or a club in Shinjuku/Shibuya. When I lived in Mito, not so often, 1800 yen is a little steep for a Highschool student, but from Urawa, its about 30-40 minutes and 500 yen each way. Not bad.

    Mito’s also a pretty big city–the rest of Ibaraki I’d say is pretty boonies, but well, Mito’s a nice quaint little city near the ocean. Great place to raise a family, that’s for sure. If I have to live in Japan in the future with my future family, I’d strongly consider Mito.

    Well, I guess when you compare anything to Tokyo, it’s the boonies… Even Saitama City, which has over a million people. Lol =P

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    • tokyo5 May 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

      >If I have to live in Japan in the future with my future family, I’d strongly consider Mito.

      I grew up in a small town…but I much prefer the big city. Tokyo has everything.

      >Well, I guess when you compare anything to Tokyo, it’s the boonies

      Just about.

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  2. Tom May 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Man, this winter sure did suck. Up here in Saitama, it was just cold and miserable, with lots of rain. I normally don’t mind cold (I’m originally from Ohio) but only if there is snow to go along with it. While it did “snow” several times this year, it was more freezing rain, as the snow would melt the moment it hit the ground, or shortly there after and just make a slushy gross mess all over the place.

    It’s the same with this spring, it’s been raining for almost the whole damned month of April. I love the sound of rain, I like the cleansing feeling of rain, (I don’t like being wet though…) But these past two/three weeks of rain have really sucked. I can deal with rain if we get the occasional thunderstorm–which hasn’t happened yet. =(

    Here’s to hoping we get some beautiful spring and maybe a thunderstorm or two before the humid Japanese summer kicks into gear.

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    • tokyo5 May 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

      >Up here in Saitama

      Do you live in northern or southern Saitama?

      >only if there is snow—I like the cleansing feeling of rain—hoping we get…a thunderstorm or two

      Snow, rain, thunderstorms??
      No thanks. 😉
      Tokyo has four seasons…but relatively mild winters. That’s how I like it.

      This has been an usually long winter this year…but it looks like it’s finally over.
      Golden Week started today and it’s forecast to be warm weather and blue skies the whole week! 🙂

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      • Tom May 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

        I live in Sakura-Ku, Just South of Urawa off the Saikyo line, I’m a student at Saitama University.

        I used to live up in Mito, in Ibaraki, where they actually have winter, it’s quite nice. I’m a cold weather kind of guy, but it can get a little bleak when theres just cold and grey and no snow to break the monotony, ya know? Now, I’m not saying I want the 5 month winter either–its time for spring to come, and quickly.

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      • tokyo5 May 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

        From Mito to Urawa.
        From the real “boonies” to the “semi-boonies”. 🙂

        Mito’s kinda far…but from Urawa, I guess it would take about 45 minutes to Tokyo.
        Do you visit Tokyo often?

        Winter is my least favorite season.
        But I enjoy it for awhile…I’m just glad that it’s usually not too long or too cold in Tokyo.

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  3. Earnest Mercer April 20, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    Yep, I know that the kaki is some kind of hybrid fruit, but is closest to our pear, I think. Maybe my memory is dimming in the Autumn of my life. I seem to remember the blooms in Spring, but if so, it must not have been a kaki tree? I don’t remember eating any fruit from the tree. We can buy kaki here in our grocery store. When I was a pre-teen, we had a Japanese persimon tree in the midst of the citrus trees. Lovely blooms and delicious fruit. I had to lie in waiting to keep my fellow students from swiping them. I couldn’t blame them though.

    We have numerous pear trees around the small town of Auburndale, but only one or two cultivated cherry trees.

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    • tokyo5 April 20, 2010 at 8:57 am #

      >I know that the kaki is some kind of hybrid fruit, but is closest to our pear, I think.

      Oh I see. Yeah, I think Kaki is unique to Asia.

      >I seem to remember the blooms in Spring

      Oh sorry, I misunderstood what you meant in your earlier comment.
      The fruit grows in Autumn is what I meant…but you’re right the tree’s flowers are in bloom in late-Spring.

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  4. Earnest Mercer April 19, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    Ahhh, I remember welcoming Spring. When my wife, daughter and I lived in Wakabayashi, Setagaya Ku in 1975-76, we looked forward to the blossuming of the single Kaki (pear) tree in our tiny garden. Our semi-western-style house had a large picture window overlooking the garden and tree. When it bloomed, the view was as if it were a huge painting through the window. I enjoy your BLOG and look forward meeting you and your family one day. Ki-wo tsukete.

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    • tokyo5 April 19, 2010 at 10:55 am #

      Mr. Mercer (who I interviewed here),

      >we looked forward to the blossuming of the single Kaki (pear) tree in our tiny garden.

      Kaki is a fruit…but not actually a “pear” (and they grow in autumn). 😉

      >When it bloomed, the view was as if it were a huge painting through the window.

      I can imagine. Must’ve looked beautiful.

      Just as sakura is a sign of spring and semi are a sign of summer…kaki are a sign of autumn in Japan.

      > I enjoy your BLOG and look forward meeting you and your family one day.

      Thank you.

      >Ki-wo tsukete.

      You too. 🙂

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  5. alex April 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    I live in chiyodaku tokyo and I totally agree that this winter has been too long and cannot wait for the heat to kick in so I can wear just a shirt.

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    • tokyo5 April 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

      Before the sweltering summer of Tokyo comes, I’d like the “usual” comfortable spring weather where I usually wear a light jacket.

      How long have you been living in Japan?

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  6. yuliana April 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    what an extreme weather …

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    • tokyo5 April 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

      Yes, the weather this year is unusual.

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  7. pongrocks April 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    The weather in Germany is almost the same (high temp.~13°C), just without the rain at the moment. I guess that’s normal for this time of the year.
    I like rather cold but sunny weather, it’s the best weather to do sport outside in my oppinion 🙂 And yesterday I wore shorts for the first time this year… I’m not very sensitive to cold.

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    • tokyo5 April 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

      I dislike cold weather. Winter is my least favorite season.

      I like having four seasons though.
      I’m just glad that Tokyo’s winter is relatively mild.

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