Posts Tagged summer


Here comes the heat again

Posted by on Tuesday, 20 June, 2006

Well, although summer has not officially started here in Japan (it will not until after the rainy season) it has gotten pretty darn hot recently. Out of the last four days, we’ve seen temperatures around 30 every day except last Sunday when it was raining the whole day.

Still it is pretty nice, because has to savor these days of “pre-summer” before the “tsuyu-ake” (end of the rainy season) and average temperatures rise about 5 degrees in one go. Then we have a period of 1-2 months of scorching heat with the added bonus of 60-70% humidity! Not very nice, and I am very very very jealous of my expat colleagues who can take a whole month of vacation off and miss nearly all of this heat.

Coolbiz cool

With the summer comes another fun happening and that is the Coolbiz campaign. If you read the old article at that link you can see the details. Basically I don’t think it’s going to help that much in the long run, there must be better things to save energy on than the air conditioners at work. Maybe if people went home a bit earlier from the office instead, then we would see some more savings.

Anyway, there is actually some good things about Coolbiz and that is the fact that since its launch last year, there has actually been some innovations in the clothing industry. I’ve seen ads on the subway for new Coolbiz-suits which are supposed to be very light and cool. This appeals to me, because even if I am wearing a summer suit it is way too hot for me, so I am interested in special super-light-weight suits such as these launched by Suit Aoyama and these ones from Konaka

If anyone has ever tried one of these, let me know – because I don’t want to spend the money if they are not really worth it of course.


Coolbiz? More like hot-sweaty-biz

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 August, 2005

Well as I was walking down the street on my way to eat lunch in the 30+ degree heat we have here in Japan, I saw the official “Coolbiz” campaign poster for the first time.

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Coolbiz is a couple of months old by now, but it’s never too late to complain about a bad thing, is it?

In short, coolbiz is an idea proposed by prime minister Koizumi (soon ex-prime minister ?) that aims to decrease CO2 pollution and energy use during the summer months, by turning up the heat on offices’ air conditioners. Yes, the governent has decided to never go above 28 degrees (C) during the period 21st of June to 23rd of September. But what on earth is “cool” about that? Well, during this period of “energy saving” the government also will enforce a less strict dress code; allowing workers to lose their ties and coats.

Although having a less strict dress code is by all means a positive thing, I cannot really see that there is much benefit in setting the air conditioning to 28 degrees. I’d really like to see some energy-saving figures after this campaign is over. Well only governmental offices are *required* to join the campaign, although I presume a lot of private companies are joining in too.

28 degrees inside the office is MADNESS! I turn down the AC when some dork pushes it up to 26 ! How the heck am I going to be able to work effectively in 28 degrees heat? Well, since no one really works effectively in this country anyway, I guess it really doesn’t make any difference…… :plain: