Summer in New York
Summer in Japan and summer in New York are like complete opposites. In that sense, summer in New York is a lot more like it is in Japan,but it’s not quite as extreme. In New York, it gets a bit humid during the summer and rains on occasion, but nothing like the rainy season in Japan. Rain showers aren’t nearly as sudden or unpredictable either, and the temperature just isn’t as hot.
I don’t miss the New York City subway system in summer though. Most of the subway stations in NYC don’t have air conditioning, and being underground, they’re well insulated and quickly build up heat with all the people and machinery down there. It’s not to bad in winter, but during summer it’s like stepping into an oven. Add to that the fact that the subway trains are hardly ever on schedule, there’s rarely signboards telling you when the next train will arrive, and people don’t hesitate to complain loudly about the heat or the wait, and standing on a subway platform in summer can quickly become one of the most unpleasant experiences in New York! It really makes you appreciate how nice the trains in Japan are.
Still, I miss the street markets and festivals celaebrating all kinds of different cultures with different kinds of food and entertainment. Walking down the street between the skyscrapers while loud music plays and you eat some food from a country you’ve never visited can be one of the best experiences you ever have in New York. They really have everything there.