July 13, 2018 Fri
Sunrise over Mount Oe

Those of us experiencing a Japanese summer have definitely come to know why Japan is given the epithet ‘land of the rising sun’. In high summer, the sun rises at 4.30 a.m., but sets at around 7.30 p.m.. The result is strong sunlight streaming through the blinds long before most people wake up, but relatively short summer evenings. Japan has no daylight saving time (DST), so the time does not change in summer or winter. The government has considered introducing DST, but for now Japan remains an outlier amongst most advanced economies in its lack of seasonal time difference. For those disturbed by the early sunrise, however, an early morning walk in Kaya Oku area has the reward of a view of a beautiful sunrise over Mount Oe. As the English expression indeed states, ‘The early bird catches the sweetest worm’. (早起きは三文の徳)

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