1. Ice Cream
And loads of it! If you can stand the calories and the fat (it’s doing quite a number on me) it’s a great way to keep cool. They do have Cold Stone Creamery and Baskin Robbins here (or “31” as they say here in Japan)—the good stuff. I don’t know if you’re a fan or not, but I recently started eating mint chocolate chip ice cream. For some reason, the cool mint, coupled with the cold ice cream, makes for a doubly refreshing dessert. I highly recommend it.
2. Go Shopping
If you aren’t too keen on raising your energy bill or adding to the pressing energy problem, you can always mooch off of someone else’s air conditioning. Department stores, shopping malls, food courts—all of these places have cool, refreshing AC.
3. Stay Hydrated
A cold drink of water with lots of ice can do wonders in the effort to cool your jets. In addition, it’s calorie free!
4. Go Swimming
I’m sure there’s some type of pool near where you live; it’s just about finding out where it is and how much it costs to use. What? You say you’re not in shape? Don’t let that stop you. Wear a T-shirt or do whatever you have to do to feel comfortable, but this is one of the best methods of beating Japan’s sweltering summer! It’s great exercise too. Get in shape and stay cool?! You can’t beat that.
5. Cold Showers/Baths
When I’m feeling icky and sticky after a hot, humid Japan day, a cool shower keeps me feeling fresh and cools me down at the same time. As of late, I’ve been taking the warm showers to get clean and then making the water colder to rinse off. Otherwise, I get sweaty a few minutes after getting out of the shower... I hate that!
6. Travel to Other Parts of Japan
If you have the cash, ingenuity and the time, why not go traveling? I hear Hokkaido is pretty nice this time of year. I've heard it’s warm there, too, but probably not nearly as humid.
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