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The end of summer

When August ends, I feel that summer is over and autumn is coming. This summer in Japan was very short. There are two causes. The first was the very late rainy season, and the second was a continuous self-restraint campaign due to the coronavirus epidemic.


When I lived in New England, I was able to clearly feel the changing seasons because the daytime suddenly became shorter, and the temperature dropped down. But when I lived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan last year, I didn't remember when the end of summer was. During that time, I attended a language school That was run by the National Sun Yat-sen University, which was renowned for a beautiful view of Kaohsiung's harbor.

There was an outdoor pool at the university, and I was swimming there until late December. In Japan, most outdoor pools are open only in July and August, it made me realize Taiwan (especially in the south) is a tropical country. Perhaps Kaohsiung doesn't have a clear distinction of the four seasons, and may only have "a very hot summer" and "a little cool summer." ...



The clear mountain stream in the west Tokyo, August 2020



8月が終わると夏が終わり、秋が来るのだと実感する。今年、日本の夏は非常に短かった。原因は2つある。1つは梅雨明けが非常に遅かったこと、もう一つはコロナウイルスの流行による継続的な行動自粛キャンペーンだ。


北米に住んでいた時には、今頃から急に日照時間が短くなるので、季節の変わり目を明確に感じることができた。しかし去年台湾の高雄に住んでいた時には、夏の終わりがいつなのかあまりよく覚えていない。私が高雄で通っていた大学付属の語学学校には屋外プールがあり、12月下旬まで泳いでいたのを覚えている。日本ではほとんどの屋外プールは7月と8月のみの営業なので、台湾(特に南部)は南国なんだなあと実感する。恐らく高雄には四季の明確な区別はなく、「めちゃくちゃ暑い夏」と「少し涼しい夏」のみが存在するだけかもしれない。。。



The view of National Sun Yat-sen University, Fall 2018


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