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How to Spend a Safe and Funfilled Summer in Japan

July 25, 2011 - Japanese Course

Fireworks, festivals, swimming...
It sure is hot, but you can still enjoy summer!

To have safe and fun time during summer in Tokyo, please remember the following three points.


In the Event of a Typhoon

Typhoon Season Has Just Begun

About 10 typhoons come to Japan every year.
The large ones come especially in August and September.

  "Average number of typhoons to Japan" 1981-2010


Latest Typhoon News

When there is a typhoon near Japan, it will be shown on the map below.
[ Yahoo! Typhoon Information ] *in Japanese



When Typhoons Approach

Never Get Close to Rivers or Seashore

Not only when a typhoon is close, but also even after it's gone, it is still dangerous to get close to rivers and seashore. The water level may suddenly rise or you might be pushed into the water by strong wind.

Watch Out For Gale

Typhoons come with gale (very strong winds). While walking at a train station platform, or walking on a sidewalk, watch out for gale that might make you fall off on a railroad or a roadway. And also, watch out for falling objects such as sighboards while walking on streets.

Don't Force Yourself

Your safety is always the top priority. If rain or wind are so strong that you feel unsafe about coming to school, don't force yourself. Try to stay at home or wherever you feel it's safe, and just remember to call school to tell us your whereabouts.

Lesson Cancellation

Your lessons might be cancelled in the event of a typhoon approaching to Tokyo. Whether they're cancelled or not will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter.

     [ Facebook / zaikosei group ] *available for KAI students only

     [ Official Twitter ] *English


To Prevent Food Poisoning

Be Careful About Food In Summer!

July, August, and September are the hottest months in Japan.
And not only it is hot, but it is also quite humid.


    Average temperature and humidity in Tokyo (1981-2010)



Therefore, food (especially raw food) go bad easily and quickly.

  • Fish, Vegetables, Meat
  • Drinks
  • Products at bargain prices

How To Prevent Food Poisoning

When Buying Food

Always check either of the two dates printed on the food.



  • 賞味期限(しょうきげん)- Sho-u-mi-ki-gen
    = Best Before
  • 消費期限(しょうきげん)- Sho-u-hi-ki-gen
    = Eat Before




After Buying a Food

  • Eat it at once, or immediately store it in the refrigerator.
  • Once you open the bag, it is better to eat everything
    even if it's before "Best Before".

If You Get Poisoned

Having a stomachache or a fever could be a symptom of food poisoning. It is recommended that you go to a hospital before your condition becomes worse.

Ask School For Help

  • Call school for help and we can find a hospital for you.

To Find A Hospital On Your Own

  • Helpcard
  • Himawari [English, Japanese]
    - Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information
  • Find A Doctor Now [English, Chinese, Japanese]

To Prevent Heat Stroke

Summer in Tokyo is Hot!

Temperature in Tokyo could go above 35 °C in summer.

Remember to check the weather and temperature forcast of the day before going out.

The following items will prevent you from heat stroke.

  • Hat, cap
  • Parasol
  • Long-sleeved shirt (also useful to prevent sunburns!)
  • Water, sports drink
    (soda, juice, and other kinds are not recommended)

If You Feel Uncomfortable

If you feel dizzy or start to have a headache, it could be a symptom of heat stroke.

First Thing You Should Do

  • Hide yourself from sunlight.
    Go inside a building/store, or under a tree and take a rest.
  • Go home.
    Use air conditioner/fan, to cool down your body.

Go To Hospital If It Doesn't Get Better

  • Call school for help and we can find a hospital for you.
  • Helpcard
  • Himawari [English, Japanese]
    - Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information
  • Find A Doctor Now [English, Chinese, Japanese]