Winter is particularly cold in Japan, and although it isn’t much different to the UK it is difficult because you feel it constantly.. The buildings aren’t typically insulated (especially not my jutaku!) and the windows aren’t double-glazed. So whatever the temperature is outside, you can guarantee the inside of my house is about the same!
That’s where “kotatsu” become a joy. Kotatsu are tables which have a heater underneath, and a removable table top which sandwiches a thick, snuggly blanket under it and the table structure to keep the heat in. It is such a pleasure in winter to sit under the kotatsu and keep warm.
Every day, I take the same trains. So, I see the same people waiting for the trains with me. My favourites are the business man, the lady with the stylish boots (and no tights, even in winter!), and the high school student with her adorable pink trainers.
Yukata season will be here again soon! I’m so excited to be able to wear mine again.
I spend a lot of time waiting on train platforms to get to and from work every day. The winter has been especially cold, but it’s always a pleasure to buy a hot drink from the numerous vending machines around!
The man who lives on the corner of my road has two dogs who live outside in their own little dog houses. I cycle past them every day.
One of them is very angry, if you make a noise outside his house or come to close. He always barks at me, particularly when I put out my trash.
ワンワン is how dogs bark, in Japanese.
Aha. Long time no… write? Oh dear it’s almost been two months since I posted on here. I did have a wonderfully busy (and very cold) two months over December and January. My boyfriend was able to visit over the Christmas and New Year period, which was lovely! Lots of time was spent huddling under the kotatsu in my poorly insulated jutaku.. which was charming in it’s own way but so cold I feared I’d lose my tootsies. But I have decided my favourite thing (does it count as an appliance? It’s a weird hybrid I guess) is my kotatsu.