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Winter hacks-Nihon way!

Winter season is not one of the seasons of loneliness, but for me, the season of ” coldliness” if I may name it. I don’t hate Winter, but let me just say winter is my least favorite time of the year. For me, being in a too hot weather isn’t as bad as being too cold.

As a matter of fact, before Winter has arrived, I have keenly asked my colleagues and of course my students on how do they usually beat this not so kind season. In like manner, I also did some research on the side.Henceforth, below are the Winter hacks Japan way that I think most convenient in dealing with Winter season.

1. Kairo

What is Kairo? A Kairo is essentially a small heating patch or packet. It comes in two main forms; adhesive type and non- adhesive pocket type. Both are pretty effective. How long do they last? Actually, the number of hours is indicated on the pack.The one I bought lasted for about 6 – 8 hours. It’s really amazing how these packets generate heat that long. So for the price, they are actually a steal. You can choose mini Kairo and large Kairo. Larger Kairo 10 – pack cost about 360 Yen. I believe Kairo is a great discovery, as well as a lifesaver during the cold Winter months.

Saki- Kairo user

2. Face mask

photo credit- google

Wearing a mask is not really something new since many people in my country wear them to protect ourselves from the polluted air that is caused by PUJs or Public Utility Jeepneys and cars spewing black or grey smoke. Perhaps, some foreigners might wonder at first why people in the Jeepneys or ones walking on the roads cover their faces with a handkerchief or a face mask. Simply, the reason is, we just want to protect our lungs from the exhaust-belching vehicles.

Japan, on the other hand, is no doubt cleaner than my country I admit, but I was surprised when I saw a number of people wearing face masks.Common sense wise, I already had an idea why, but still, I asked. Some of my guesses were right. Japanese people wear masks for some reasons. First one is because they don’t want to spread their flu or virus if they came down with it and, vice versa. Another interesting info is, some women wear them especially when they don’t want to show their bare face, but the thing I find very useful is, people wear them in Winter to protect their face from the harsh weather and as a matter of fact, wearing  face mask somehow helps generate some heat when you exhale. Isn’t that great?

 

 

3. HeatTech

photo credit – google

Something I was always curious about was how can someone survive in a very cold weather, In Cebu, I often asked some of my students how they get through the cold winter days and some of them mentioned the word heattech.I didn’t have much idea about it not until I came to Japan. I know ignorance is not an excuse, but I have a sensible explanation. What do I need it for in the tropical island anyway?

Yoko- heattech user

 

So, when Winter season has started I was pretty in a rush getting my own heattech.Can you guess where? Where else, but UNIQLO! After getting one of my own, I felt a sense of relief. After I tried and tested, therefore now I can say that heattech is a must-have item. This product will make you feel at ease. Awesome!

Winter in Hakata

To sum it up, living in a country that has four seasons is one of a kind experience especially if you haven’t adapted to a new kind of climate yet and trust me it’s not easy.However, on the other hand, I think each season has its own charm.Winter itself is not an exception. This experience helped me realize that it is true that new things can get harder, but it will get better. We just have to make it through the hard stuff first.

Personally, it’s unyielding to adjust to a new environment and I think the season is also a big factor. It affects my mood, my day to day activities and it can get pretty tough. But on the whole, being exposed to Winter season is not bad at all and this season is by far the most delightful experience for me since it is something new, and besides with the hacks I learned, definitely, this season is just a piece of cake to handle.