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Indoor playgrounds in hot demand as Japan swelters

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Exposure to the sun and heat has even made outdoor swimming pools no-go zones, forcing elementary and junior high schools to close many across the country.

Nobody told the parents and authorities that swimming in cool water is a great of staying, well, cool? Unbelievable.

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New hot yoga school opened near me,

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Nobody told the parents and authorities that swimming in cool water is a great of staying, well, cool? Unbelievable.

I heard/read somewhere that some swimming pool's water is not being refreshed thus the poolwater's temperature is also rising. So not a cool pool anymore.

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Hurray for Osaka!

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"Nobody told the parents and authorities that swimming in cool water is a great of staying, well, cool? Unbelievable".

OMG! Most pools don't have a cooling systems so the water's temperature would rise to 35c. If you don't believe me. Conduct a simple experiment. Put water in a bowl. Take the water's temperature. Put the bowl outside in the sun. Wait for three hours. Take the temperature again and compare to the first reading.

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@econostats

"...so the water's temperature would rise to 35c"

Um, no. Water in pools evaporate, and at a high rate during hot weather. So the staff need to replenish it with cool water on a frequent basis. Kids' pools at a higher rate, since the larger surface area versus depth means a higher rate of evaporation, thus lots of cooling replenishment.

I've swum in Japanese outdoor doors millions of times over the years and have never experienced anything but cool, refreshing water.

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I love these indoor play areas. The free ones that are in the middle of malls such as Aeon Mall tend to be overcrowded because they are free and get a lot of unruly kids. The ones that you pay for get crowded but if you go after 5pm, sometimes your family could be the only one in there.

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I've swum in Japanese outdoor doors millions of times over the years and have never experienced anything but cool, refreshing water.

Of course, public pools are cool, they are well monitored and they recool them with some system. It's the smaller and basic pools they have in schools and kindergartens that are getting too hot and they must close the the whole hot season for safety. Even just lukewarm water poses problem of bacteria and many kids got sick after bathing in the small inflatable pools.

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JeffLee

Nobody told the parents and authorities that swimming in cool water is a great of staying, well, cool? Unbelievable.

Jeff, actually, you can still suffer heat stroke even whilst in a pool.

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Bornelund is a ripoff and still overcrowded. Probably because of their locations. Your local mall will usually have a playroom that is more fun at a much more reasonable price. Mine has free massage chairs for the parents and a snack area as well.

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I have an idea. Why don't we tell all the businesses near playgrounds to open their doors and turn up the air-conditioning so the cool air can flow out to the playgrounds.

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In my area of Tokyo they have so many outdoor water play areas where the water is kept cool and there are shaded areas for parents.  

I wish there were more really great indoor play areas for kids such as the one that existed in Omotesando and they tore down around 3 years ago what a shame.

When a child is outside as long as they have a hat on, kept hydrated and there temperature is regulated and one way you can do this is keep a small ice pack in the a child's short's pocket and or keep ice packs in a small insulated lunch box where you can take it out and cool down a child.  For parents who insist to carry their babies and who have an urgo carrier there is a back pocket you can put an ice pack inside there keeping your baby cool.  Parents need to think outside the box.

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