When I first arrived in Japan last year in September I was very excited to learn a new language and experience a whole new way of living. Many people from Japan had told me about how hot and humid summers in Japan would be. I remember it being hot and extremely humid in Japan when I got here. Everyday I would wish that it would be cold already because it was just too hot. Now it’s January 2018, and it is getting colder everyday and I’m starting to regret my wish.
Where I’m from, the California Bay Area, it never gets cold enough to snow. For my entire life I have been fortunate enough to not have to deal with such extreme variations in weather in the Summer and Winter, until now that is. Over the past two weeks I have gotten sick from underestimating how cold it would be and wearing less than I should have worn. Staying warm is no joke for those of us who live in places where it is generally warm most of the time, like California, Texas, or even Okinawa. From what my Japanese friends tell me it’s just going to get even colder from here so I have so tips for people who want to keep warm during this cold season.
My first and most obvious tip is to get a nice thick down jacket or any jacket that will keep you warm. You’ll probably be using this jacket every time you venture outside so make sure it’s a quality one that will keep you warm. My second tip is to wear layers! Even though you have a jacket, it may not be enough. Layers can provide you with extra warmth when things get colder than you expected. My 3rd tip is try not to stay outside for too long. If you can stop indoors somewhere to warm up every now and again. I’d also like to point out that since clothes are so important when living in another country you should be able to have the funds to buy them. The Gilman Scholarship can help immensely when you need money for the bare necessities. If you haven’t already, you should look into apply for the Gilman Scholarship asap.