"Atsui-Ne" Survival Guide




Never thought i would visit Japan during summer because why the heck would i want to experience the heat of another country when my own is summer 365 days a year with occasional rains la. So i came to realised that i was totally caught off guard here because no one really tells you what to bring in summer, it's usually winter that people remind you to bring thick clothes & rely on tons of heat packs to keep warm. But for summer, for us coming from a tropical country we would automatically think that Japan's summer is roughly the same but WRONG.

Here's what i learned while i was there and hope listing it out over here can help you guys on your Japan summer trip.




"ATSUI-NE" a famous summer phase used by locals, join the fun and learn how to pronounce it so whenever someone says to you "atsui-ne" you can reply back the same lol, It just basically means "it's hot"or reply"sou desu ne" (i agree). 



Body Bath Wipes

Seriously i wonder why don't Malaysians ever consider using these since we sweat more in Malaysia due to the humidity levels. It can be easily found in Watsons/ Guardian made by Biore.
If you travel frequently to Japan you'll notice a sales trend over here during each season, like during winter all the heat packs are put out front for you to grab and go, for summer there tons of these body bath wipes sold (many kinds of scents too) for you to keep your body odor in check or just to feel refreshed from all that sweating. It's seriously a handy product, managed to bring back some and i always make sure to have them in my bag because i tend to be out from morning to night and these wipes helps me smell fresh throughout the day. Something deodorant and perfume can't do lol.

Sunblock (any brand would do)

Like your 2nd best friend siaa for the summer, with that kind of heat that feels like it can burn and melt your skin off your bones, sunblock is to make sure your skin don't get BBQ and protect your from UV rays. Doesn't prevent you from getting darker but at least it lessens the risks of getting sunburned which is much worst especially when you skin starts peeling. In Malaysia i barely use any sunblock because i drive most of the time, so my tube of sunblock usually lasts forever and that isn't a good sign because it's meant to be discarded after a certain period of time. But however in Japan, within a week i managed to finish 1 whole tube of sunblock, that's like an achievement unlock wei!
Most people don't like wearing sunblock because of the sticky texture but i've tested a few and can vouch for these brands- Suhadafit, Kose and Sunplay!  
They are non-sticky and quick drying too 

Moisturizers

For face or whole body (lotion) just make sure you have those at hand because summer in Japan is so freaking dry to the point my skin started cracking (reminds me of winter wei). That was pretty unpleasant but i now understand why people carry hand lotions around and use it frequently 


Lip balm

Like i said earlier, everything is dry so your lips is bound to chap too, if you want to keep wearing your lipsticks then keep your lips well moisturized and don't forget to keep your whole body hydrated too. 


Cooling patches

Remember those blue cooling patches worn whenever we have fever as a kid? It's great to have it in hand in case your feel that your body is overheating (if you are nowhere near a place with air cond) 

Sunglasses

You'll need this definitely, it can get super duper bright during mid noon so you have squint your eyes just to see a few meters ahead and like our already sepet asian eyes isn't enough sepet enough, still have to squint some more =_=
But hey, it's a functional fashion accessory! You can also later use it as prop for your hipster insta coffee shot and it just makes any outfit you wear look swag. Can't go wrong with sunnies. 

Umbrella

Can't stress enough to people on the importance of having a foldable compact umbrella in your bag at ALL TIMES. Not only in Malaysia but in Japan too because you just can't predict the weather (yes there's forecasts but not usually that accurate) because it can be one minute sunny and the the next raining cats and dogs and their rain is not like ours which stops in an hour or so, it can sometime rain the whole day to the next. Explains why they aren't too fond of the rain, totally messes with your plans and gets your shoes and clothes drench no thanks to the wind that comes along with the downpour.
Though they do sell those cheap transparent umbrellas at convenience stores or supermarkets whenever it rains, imagine each time you pay RM10+ just to shield yourself and the size is rather big too so it isn't practical for you to carry around especially when it isn't raining.  And that can only protect you from the rain, not heat, invest in a good UV protection umbrella so you are at least covered for both rain & shine.

Raincoat

All my life i never understood the reason behind this invention because your face is still going to get wet, how are you supposed to have a proper vision with rain beating down on your face while your hair and body stay dry ._.
Got my question answered, you are supposed to use it together with an umbrella, the rain coat is just to protect your clothes from incoming rainwater that's being blown your way. I learned that the hard way because assuming my trust umbrella could keep my dry while walking to the station, but i was wrong! Arrived at the station close to 80% drenched because of the darn wind that kept threatening to blow my umbrella away, should yell "i'm mary poppins ya'll!" lol wtf, spent 30 minutes in the toilet trying to dry myself off.
So lesson learnt, just get prepare a raincoat in your bag, it's cheap & useful.


Windbreaker 

Another hard lesson learned, despite it being so hot during the day, Japan's summer nights can be surprisingly cold like aircond cold + wind it's even worst!
I was wondering WHY uniqlo in Malaysia & Japan still sells those foldable pocket sized wind breakers though winter was over and another question got answered through experience LOL.
Sometimes we are put in an unexpected situation so it's always good to be prepared, so ladies your big bags should come in handy now and it's good to be paranoid. When the shinkansen i took from Hiroshima to Osaka malfunctioned we were left stranded for an hour in one of the stations halfway (around 11pm) and ended up having to stay overnight at the station before the first morning train at 5am, it was so cold because of the wind and at times like these you wishes you were back in your comfy warm blankets. Thank god i carried my D.VA windbreaker around just in case, bag might be a bit bulky looking but it was worth it because swore i could have froze to death from the constant wind blowing! 


Deodorant

No one likes a person with smelly pits (overall bad BO) especially when you are taking public transport 90% of the time. The body bath wipes mentioned above helps keeps the rest of your body smelling sweat free but your pits sometimes need an extra special care. Though you never had strong BO before, it's always good to use deodorant as a precaution. 


So do hope this list really helps those of you who don't know what to expect of Japan's summer lol. Make sure to wear light fabrics like linen, cotton, chiffon because it's this season's trend and who in sane mind would want to wear wool with this heat? If you saying for the sake of fashion, i kasi salute you la. Siao lang* 

*crazy person

If there is anything else you would like to know more about Summer in Japan please do let me know in the comment box below and i'll answer them as best as i can! :) 
This guide applies to both kids and adults, just make sure certain products are child-friendly like the sunblock, moisturizer and lip balm. 
It's the season of fireworks and festivals too, so don't forget to experience summer like a local wearing a Yukata to a matsuri (festival). You can rent a Yukata or buy one which can cost as low at 5000yen for a whole set.





XOXO,

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26 comments :

Phei Chin Foong said...

<3 thank you so much for this, Arisa! Will be going to Japan next month and this guide is definitely handy!!

Arisa Chow said...

Most welcome dear! Enjoy your summer holiday! :)

dinesh dhiman said...

Deodorant is a must. Imagine people scoffing at you and that too In a foreign country

Jia Shin Lee said...

Baby wipes & lip balm are necessity I always carry them with me every where.

Cindyrina Rina said...

Never thought about that Body Bath Wipes. I always use normal wet wipes or hygiene wet wipes. Great tips!

Miera Nadhirah Tan said...

Oh wow.. did not know Japan's summer cab be so pretty harsh... Huhuhu.... These are great tips.. and will keep it in mind for when I travel then

Lyf&Spice said...

Oh, everything in the list is so important. My top 2 picks would be lip balm and moisturizer. Cheers!! :)

Lily Shah said...

u tota;;y answered my question! i'm travelling to Japan next week.. so i really needed this tips! Thanks for sharing!

Em said...

These are actually what I carry everyday in Malaysia. Did you forget a bottle of water? No wonder my bag is huge and damn heavy!!!

dr-Life said...

Am I a lady or what... seeing what's inside ur bag make me feel you are so feminime but i'm not... me only have gadget... time to think and change... lolz

Blair Villanueva said...

Wow those are kawaii finds you've got. Yeah my Amore ia in Japan now and he is complaining about the weather.

Mommy Rockin' In Style said...

Your deodorant is so cute! It looks like an Eos lip balm lols. I stayed in Japan during summer and I agree, the weather was crazy!

Betty Liew said...

I do prepare a lot of thing when I in Japan in April. Have not go Japan during summer. Maybe next round I want book for summer.

SinNee Ng said...

great tips you have here. will re-visit your post again when i plan to visit japan in the future =)

Arisa Chow said...

You have no idea of the amount of ppl who don't know the existence of deodorants!

Arisa Chow said...

Girls essentials lol

Arisa Chow said...

It's the same actually just one leaves your body smelling great and like you have just bathed

Arisa Chow said...

Yes it can go up to 40°c too sometimes.

Arisa Chow said...

Great I could help you for your upcoming trip Lily! Enjoy Japan :)

Arisa Chow said...

You don't need water bottle in Japan because every few steps there's a vending machine for you to get drinks or water with a recycle bin for you to discard afterwards

Arisa Chow said...

It's always good to be prepared

Arisa Chow said...

Haha it is hot but occasional showers should cool the place down

Arisa Chow said...

I know that's what attracted me to it in the first place lol.

Arisa Chow said...

You should try summer next time!

Arisa Chow said...

Thanks for dropping by dear

Sunshine Kelly said...

A realize some don't like to carry umbrella when they traval becoz it take space and weight, but i do. Because it helps when its raining and i have to hop from one place to the other.

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