A citizen of Edogawa Ward in Tokyo has asked a foreigner on Tuesday if they have weather where they are from.

“Do you have weather in your country?” asked 31-year-old office worker Naoko Wakabayashi.

“We have weather in Japan, I wonder if you also have weather in your part of the world?”

“Yes, we do have weather,” explained Chris Hadden.

Wakabayashi couldn’t believe that Hadden did in fact have weather where he is from.

“No way, you’re kidding me? Are you telling me you actually have clouds, precipitation, and sunlight in your country of origin?” asked Wakabayashi.

It took at least three hours for Wakabayashi to accept the controversial revelation that weather also exists outside the boundaries of Japan.

Image: Flickr/Kanegen


  1. Speaking of weather, when asked about the climate of seasons in my country compared to Japan, I made the mistake once of saying, “Autumn in my country is a lot colder than in Japan. It’s almost like the Japanese winter.” Which led to: “So, you don’t have autumn?” “No no. We have autumn, but it’s not as warm as the Japanese autumn.” “…you mean you don’t have summer?” “What? No we-” “Oh I see! Your autumn and winter are just one season – you have 3 seasons!” Sigh.

    • Same here. I explained that in a really bad year, we will get snow in September or even the end of August. So… no summer. Then I explained that spring hadn’t cherry blossoms but that the ground, which was dead, sprang alive almost overnight, with smells that were dormant for half a year, flowing water (previously ice), and everyone out in short pants and shirtsleeves despite it being 5 or 10 degrees.

      That meant: it was winter.

      Whatever the case, four seasons means something very different. In Tokyo it appears to be delineated best by the festivals, and that because the weather itself doesn’t change that much. The leaves do though. Pink and drink in the spring, green and bang in the summer, yellow with straggling bangs in the autumn, and greyish in the winter.

  2. I think the Japanese contrast themselves from other Asian countries like Singapore, which indeed only have two seasons. Or arguably, just one long summer.
    Having said that, i dont think Japan has a Fall anymore, it pretty much goes from summer humidity to winter in the space of four weeks.

  3. And it has always gone from the cold of late winter to the heat of early summer in no time.
    Anyway, if Japan has four seasons what is tsuyu? Is it a fifth season?

    • Also Typhoon season, so 6? Or, as Fall has almost gone, 5 or 5.5? Try that for a mindblowing convo in Nippon.


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