How do you survive a Japanese winter?
As you may have discovered, many Japanese houses and apartments do not have central heating like back home. Here are some basic tips to stay warm and healthy:
- Use your kotatsu: You may have found a table with a removable top and a heater on the bottom. This is called a kotatsu. Lay a blanket between the top and the bottom and stick your legs underneath the table. Now, you will never want to leave it.
- Use your bathtub: Baths may take time, but it is the key to staying warm. It will keep you warm even when you get out, much more than a shower.
- Stay hydrated: Winter can be dehydrating with low humidity drying your skin, your mucus membranes of your nose, throat, and lungs. Having a humidifier in your room will also keep your mucus membranes moisturized and will decrease the chances of you getting an airborne illness. Eating lots of soups will not only keep you hydrated, but warm. Using spices such as cinnamon, garlic, chili pepper will help keep you warm too.
- Get sunlight and stay active: Go outside, especially since winter usually calls for staying inside all the time. Sunlight is a source of Vitamin D, and find an outdoor activity to keep you happy, such as walks during your lunch period, skiing, or snowboarding.