Monday, October 20, 2008

Cho Cho Train!

For once, I'm not complaining about the weather! Japan is actually pretty pleasant at the moment, sure, the hint of the coldness of winter has started to creep on us, but on a sunny day it can be very comfortable outside and I gladly sleep with my window open, occasionally woken up by the sound of police or ambulance sirens in the crime infested hood that I call my home.

Lately, there has been plenty of sunny days with clearly visible blue skies and the occasional day of rain hasn't been that bad and very few typhoons approaching Japan so far. Not much to complain about, you would think...

Well, as much as I theoretically enjoy this break beween the heat of summer and the cold of winter all is not well! Something is taking the current climate as a cue to blossom and infect the air with some kind of pollen causing me to go into pretty heavy bouts of sneezing, runny nose and eyes so red that it's hard to see any traces of white in them, that I keep scratching them might not really help that much either.

Sure, there are allergy medicines out there that works pretty well, but the trick is to start taking them before hell really breaks loose, but since my memory does not seem to function for more than two months at a time I keep forgetting that this will happen every year...

In spring, when a large part of the Japanese population are suffering from hayfever due to pollen flying around I'm usually completely fun and can smugly enjoy how stupid some of the heavy sufferers look in their huge goggles and face masks, looking like they're just about to rob a convenience store or so, but just when they are getting fine something else decides it's time to blossom and puts me through the same ordeal.

Now, I'm aware that the face masks and the goggles might actually work in keeping some of the worst stuff out of your systems, I cannot bring myself to wear any of that stuff... On the good side, it'll all be over soon enough when we enter the harsh and unfriendly Tokyo winter with umbrellas in the snow and all other things that it brings with it...

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billywest said...

"harsh and unfriendly Tokyo winter with umbrellas in the snow and all other things that it brings with it..."

That's pretty funny...

Christine said...

I'm very amused by the idea of people wandering the streets in goggles. You'll have to post photos of that when the season arrives.

Mr. Salaryman said...

Haha, thanks Billy!
Christine - it's not that amusing, looks more disturbing actually since they also have those facemasks, makes me feel a bit like Dustin Hoffman in that Outbreak movie.

dev said...

Yes I would like to see the photos too. I am actually surprised to hear that Japan have this kind of season too. I never heard of it.

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