Japanese climate


★ Japanese climate

There are four seasons in Japan such as spring, summer, fall (autumn) and winter.

Almost all regions in Japan have a warm and humid climate. but Hokkaido and Tohoku region have a subarctic climate. Also, Nansei Islands has a subtropical climate. Ibaraki Prefecture, where I live, which is located on about two hours drive from Tokyo toward the northeast, has a little snow a couple of times a year on average. When I was a child, we had as much snow as we could play snowball fight, but, recently, we have come not to be able to play it due to global warming.

Since spring is a flower season, several kinds of flowers bloom in spring. I really like a spring breeze. I would say spring is the most pleasant of all the seasons.

In June, an early-summer period, we have a rainy season. That’s because both North Pacific High and Okhotsk High become well-developed and balanced during this period. In other words, a stationary front happens between them and remains.

We have a very muggy weather in summer. Some say even those foreigners who live in hot regions couldn’t put up with the sultry climate in Japan.

Around summer or fall, we have typhoons dozens of times a year. Recently, a devastating typhoon came to approach Japan, although it was uncertain whether global warming has something to do with that or not. Needless to say, we will need to take appropriate measures to prevent something like global environmental problems from endangering our planet before it is too late.

In fall, trees turn red and yellow, so we enjoy them. I wonder if it is just I that felt lonely in this season. Many people have a good appetite in autumn. In addition, it is said that autumn is the best season for reading and studying.


★ 日本の気候