Winter to summer in 4 weeks!
It never fails to surprise me how quickly the weather changes in Aizu. Just a month ago we had snow on April 21st around the time the cherry trees were blossoming. Admittedly this is rather a rare occurrence but it happened and I have a nice photo of Aizu’s famous ancient cherry tree, the Ishibezakura on that day to prove it.
Last week we still had oil fan heaters in our classrooms; this week we have replaced them with electric fans! Now, at the end of May the weather is so warm, it is just like August in the U.K.!
The temperature has risen to the mid 20s centigrade and over the weekend I was wearing shorts, a T-shirt and sandals i.e. casual summer clothes. It really did feel like summer yesterday as I was bitten by a mosquito for the first time this year. In the U.K. in summer mosquitoes are not a problem; the insects that can be a nuisance are the yellow and black wasps that occasionally buzz around you if you happen to be eating ice cream or enjoying a soft drink.