Just a quick announcement that my wife, daughter and I will be taking another trip to Japan in the second-half of August.
Normally we go at the end of the year so we can enjoy New Year’s and also my daughter’s birthday, but the prices for airlines are getting extremely expensive. We spent a huge amount for our trip in late 2011 because the flight was so close to New Year’s and that didn’t take into acount money we spent there. Also, flying around that time was extremely stressful because we just got finished with Christmas, my daughter’s birthday celebrations in the US, and so on. It was just too much. Plus, my daughter had to miss some school
So this time we decided to do it during late August. My daughter’s summer-school will have finished, and she won’t miss any school in September. Also, it will make my life at work a lot easier too, because my company is very busy around the end of the year (holiday shopping, etc). Plus, the airfare was about one-third cheaper flying in August instead of the New Year.
Now, there is one big drawback though to coming in August: it’s super-hot and muggy.
In Japan they call it zansho (残暑), the lingering, long summer heat. I haven’t been to a hot and humid climate since I was 23 in Hanoi, Vietnam (mid-summer), and I usually go to Japan when it’s pretty cold or early Spring. We’ll see how it goes.
As for plans there, I don’t have much. My wife and I and her friends all want to go to Shin-Okubo again. I hope to load up on KPop albums, and my wife might get some dramas as well as albums. I could buy them in the US using YesAsia.com or Amazon, but I had a bad experience with the former, and the latter is fine, but selection is limited.
So, if you’re in Japan around August, I’d love to see you! I always try to visit a couple friends every visit, but I’m also happy to meet new faces.
Hope to see you there!