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Scorching heat continues for much of Japan

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Japan continued to experience extreme heat on Sunday as temperatures soared into the high 30s on the last weekend of August.

The highest temperature recorded Sunday was 39 degrees in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, followed by 38 degrees in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture. Gifu and Nagoya cities recorded 37 degrees. In Tokyo, the mercury reached 36 degrees and is forecast to do so again on Monday.

Sunday was the 41st day in a row that temperatures in much of Japan (except Hokkaido) have remained above 30 degrees. On the other hand, Kushiro in Hokkaido had a high of 21 degrees on Sunday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said temperatures are likely to remain in the mid-30s for much of this week, despite the approach of autumn.

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look like a lot of shoulder to shoulder fun...standing in the pool

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Ahhh no thank you.

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Seriously, is this supposed to be a fun.

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That pool is usually open on busy days and is closed when massive crowds aren't projected. In July, for example, it's open on weekends and holidays, with many regular weekdays closed, even when the temperatures shoot into the 30s and the sun is shining.

I have a word for the pool's operator, but the moderator would delete my post if I were to write it. I have used the same word for certain ski resorts that close runs on weekdays.

Business models based on jamming millions of human bodies into a limited space. this is why I go to Thailand for R&R.

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Removing the blow-up floaty flamingos and things cold make space for a couple of hundred more people.

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That photo is of a cess pool, not a swimming. I wonder how many of those people have ear, nose or throat infections this morning.

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There must be a guy on each side of the pool with white gloves on jamming all those people into the pool.

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I feel like I should have a coherent comment but gahhhhhhh I just can't stand this heat anymore. Go away heat. Bye heat.

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We've been living in a Sauna.

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Ugh, no thanks. Besides the amount of bacterias, this must be a chikan paradise. I rather go to a nearby mountain river that provides fresh water and safe currents to drag you a couple of meters.

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Climate change becomes reality despite the deniers in politics and the religious nutters. Get used to the overpowering heat, floods and typhoons, the new norm.

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Removing the blow-up floaty flamingos and things cold make space for a couple of hundred more people.

If you do that most of them will be floating face down in minutes.

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Little boys rarely say they need to go in these facilities.

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There's just not enough pools available in Tokyo for the number of people here. The beach options are far away (Kanagawa), and grey/black sand makes for a bit of a dirty feeling. Toshimaen charges 4000yen per person for entry, and they are still this packed... I would much rather swim in a river as well, but for all the waterways in Tokyo, none have swimming areas (too dirty?)

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People swim in their clothes? Yuk.

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This is equivalent to kids playing with water from a fire hydrant in New York City that gets reported annually; the official mark of a heat wave.

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Hey, there's Yuki.

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One of the only pools I know that allow people with Tattoos as long as you wear their full body suit. The guy with the black thing over his head in the photo.

Looks like a woman to me. Some women cover their head when playing sports to fully protect themselves from the sun.

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People swim in their clothes? Yuk. gee what age do you live in , theyre actually UV suits, I thought they were ridiculous when I first saw them, now I wear them and with a bit of sunburn cream on the nose/face you can stay in the water all day, when you get out you can lay in the sun also. Contrary to what many think suntanning is actually doing damaging to your skin and increasing your chance of melanoma and skin cancer

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disgusting.... wouldnt step into that pee pool if you paid me handsomely... why dont you just go to the sea

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Ahhh, Toshimaen!!

Many wonderful memories from there from over the years, going all the way back to the late '70s....! And many of the other urban pools.... Tokyo Summerland, Yomiuri Land, etc.

Some people are fortunate enough to be able to get away to the mountains or to the beach. So many others are constrained by income, time or transportation.

For those that live in Tokyo that are able to beat the heat differently, count yourself lucky! I am sure most of these people would love to have other options.... if they could.

That said, regardless of the heat, many pools will shut down the first weekend of September. Because.... summer is over! Didn't ya know?!

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One of the only pools I know that allow people with Tattoos as long as you wear their full body suit. The guy with the black thing over his head in the photo.

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How disgusting, imagine the ratio of dirty bodies to clean water!

gogogo

They “allow” tattoos by insisting you wear a full body suit???

Thats like, worse than telling someone to leave imo. LOL!

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Downright NASTY & very dangerous to boot!

I have WAY more room in my bathtub!

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I once went to Tokyo Summerland in the summer and never again will I go to a water park here. Along with the big pool being too crowded to actually do anything in it except wade around, the slides and rides have such long queues that you'll be dry as a raisin by the time you get there and the slide is over in 10 seconds!

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Ghost like looking girl I get, but she certainly would be motionless as it is a photo. If she suddenly move, we all would be freaked out.

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Pools should not be allowed to get that crowded as it’s impossible for the lifeguard to monitor everyone simultaneously. Someone could easily drown unnoticed.

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"The Japan Meteorological Agency said temperatures are likely to remain in the mid-30s for much of this week, despite the approach of autumn."

Haha... I've heard twice so far that "Autumn has come", and people being serious about it, from a meteorological standpoint. They said, "Obon has passed. Now it is autumn. That's why it is cooler" That was the 17th, when it was about 32 degrees, down from 39 or so, and actually around 20 in the evening. I asked them how their autumn is going this morning... no comment.

It's not the heat that is the worst, it's the scorching sunlight. It's brutal. When that is absorbed by the cement and concrete walls all day, even when the fools in my neighbourhood spend one year of an Indian family's worth of drinking water spraying the pavement in a single morning, it gives off waves of hot air that are almost enough to make you pass out. I have a headache pretty much every day if I spend much more than 10 minutes walking in the direct sunlight. Sunscreen doesn't do much, either.

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Judging by the picture the pools looks to have its own filter system, during the filtration process chlorine will be added and monitored, the chlorine will kill off 99% of bacteria I should say 100%, as for going and having a dip in a river, well there is probably more harmful bacteria than in the river rather than the pool, as for bathing in the sea, good luck! some countries dump raw sewage into the sea, I am not sure if Japan does or doesn't, but there is industrial waste, pollutants from ships, industry, fish, etc. judging by the amount of people in the pool they should regulate the amount of people that go in for health and safety reasons and 1 of them is over crowding. as for wareing normal clothes in the pool, well chlorine can gradually break down the fibres and it will wreck them, especially cottons, and it can bleach the colours to.

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Another one of those, same time next year!

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One of the only pools I know that allow people with Tattoos as long as you wear their full body suit. The guy with the black thing over his head in the photo.

Really? They wouldn't even let me in the park, much less the pool, because they saw my tattoo.

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That looks like fun.

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That one ghostly looking girl standing and completely emotionless. Creepy.

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I hope there is chlorine in that water. It's like taking a bath with a hundred strangers.

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Every city has one, in Fukuoka its the Sunshine Pool. Kids love it, go early enough to bet the crowds, stay longer and you'll get whiplash from inflatable tube frenzy from all angles not to mention the lovely kicks to the mid section from over zealous JHS kids thrashing their way through the throng...

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Reasons why I don't want to leave Hokkaido in the summer.

/I'm confused why everyone is wondering why these people are 'swimming in their clothes'. They just look like they're wearing regular 'rashies' (or 'rash guards' for non Australians). Everyone at home wears them to avoid sunburn.

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"I'll be gone till November" - Wycleff

let me know when Halloween is over, then hopefully most of this heat will be gone

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6 mths - Okinawa

6 mths - Hokkaido

(Btw, aren't there clear blue beach for swimming in Japan (or nearest to Tokyo, like in Bournemouth or Cornwall?)

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BackpackingNepal; no. Being a volcanic island, most of the beaches feature dark grey sand, which means the water is quite green/brown looking. Shirahama in Izu has whitish sand, and some beaches in Kansai (as well as the obvious Okinawa). but none which are easily accessible from Tokyo.

Coming from Australia this has been the biggest downside for me. I am used to white sand, crowd free beaches. On the other hand, some of the mountain streams outside of Tokyo are stunningly beautiful, if you can get to them.

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BackpackingNepal

(Btw, aren't there clear blue beach for swimming in Japan (or nearest to Tokyo, like in Bournemouth or Cornwall?)

I love going down to southern Izu, some lovely beaches and clear water down there but it does take at least 2 hours from Tokyo, (much longer if the traffics bad) so I usually take the kids to Onjuku in Chiba. It's a big beach so there's plenty of space and the sand is decent enough. You can do it in an hour and 15 if the traffic's OK and it's a nicer beach with better water than you get down by jellyfish ridden Zushi.

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Yes, people I Japan do sometimes swim with normal street clothing on. As disgusting as it can get... I guess it's for protection against the sun...

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This is a photo of a spa not a pool. Went to a pool this summer and the water was warmer than the outside air. First and last time I ever go to a pool in Japan

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