There were a few meteorological highlights.
The heat and the humidity made me sweat "like a swampdonkey in a heatwave
on Blackpool beach" (legendary darts commentator Sid Wardell,
circa December 1997). On the first day I was in Japan (the 6th)
I was in Tokyo and within 300 metres of the famous Tokyo Tower (click here
for Tokyo Tower web cam), but it was so misty I couldn't see it for looking.
In the early evening it thundered. I spent most of my vacation in the south
of Japan where occasionally the sun shone, which was nice, and it felt
as though temperatures were in the low to mid 30's. The best bit of weather
came at the end of my holiday on the 17th. Whilst doing a spot of shopping
in Fukuoka (click here
to find out more about this city) it rained like I don't know what. I have
never seen a torrent like it. It was like being under a bathroom shower!
Needless to say there was a bit of thunder too. The storm lasted a good
3 to 4 hours, and when it cleared in the late afternoon conditions became
quite misty from my vantage point at a bar on the top of an office block
where for riduculously few yen me and my gaijin chums quaffed fine ales
until squiffy. Have a look at this web page to see some photos of what the very pleasant city of Fukuoka looks like.
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Dan Suri, 19 April 2001