Surviving Winter in Yamaguchi
As winter approaches, the weather is getting progressively colder. And without central heating, even the inside of your house can get pretty cold.
Here are some tips for staying warm this winter:
● Keep your house warm. The most obvious step is to get a heater, but there are many other ways to make sure your house stays warm. Simple steps like getting thick curtains, or taping bubble wrap onto your windows will help keep the heat in and the cold out.
● Carry around “kairo.” These small body warmers come in many varieties, including ones for you hands, waist, or even a type that you can put in your shoes. Once you heat them up they can keep you warm for hours.
● Use a lap blanket. These smaller blankets will keep you warm at home or at work.
● Eat hot foods! You`ll stay even warmer if you cook it yourself, because the stove will help warm up the house.
● Drink hot drinks. Now that it`s cold out, you can find hot drinks in the vending machines. Just look for the red label under the drink, and you`ll know that it`s warm.
● Take a trip to a sento or onsen. Nothing combats cold like relaxing in steaming water.
● Buy a hanten, basically a quilted coat for when you`re sitting in you house.
● Sit under a kotatsu. Once you feel how warm it is though, you might not ever want to get up.
● Wear layers. You`ll be even warmer if one of the layers is warm underwear.