Tried and Tested Tips on Surviving Winter in Japan

Battling the cold, dry weather can be a bummer even for lovers of cool climes.

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People from tropical countries usually look forward to winter and love to travel during this season. Winter means snow, cold weather, and layered fashion. Since it also means traveling to somewhere like Japan, it’s also a time to explore new things and experience things that only happen in the winter. But what most people don’t know is that winter also has its downsides. In this article, our writers share what they have gone through the first time they experienced Japan’s cold and dry winter, hoping that this can help those who are about to experience their first winter.

Winter is dry

When people come to Japan for the first time, one of the things they look forward to is winter. There are a lot of activities to do like experiencing snow for the first time and enjoying winter sports like snowboarding. It is a beautiful season. And though the Japanese people have many activities throughout this period, we cannot leave out that the cold and dry weather poses challenges for a lot of people as well. Here are some of the challenges our writers have experienced:

“Tolerance to cold weather is different per person, but I find myself liking the warmer seasons. I realized how humidity and warmth were better for my skin and my health in general. In the winter it gets so dry my skin cracks up and sometimes bleeds. Without proper moisturizing, it becomes difficult to maintain healthy skin. Experiencing this once might be easy to tolerate, but having dry skin for months on end really had a toll on me”, Kyle.

“Doing chores in the winter is a difficult experience. When changing bed sheets, the dry air creates a lot of static electricity, and sometimes just opening the door would create a lot of electric shocks. Using soaps and detergents for cleaning also makes our skin drier than normal”, Rizki.

“In winter, I wake up with a dry mouth. It is something I have never experienced before in my home country”, Gab.

There is no doubt that winter weather is a common cause of dry skin. When the humidity levels drop, water from the skin escapes easily. It is important to keep a barrier of protection to keep the moisture in the skin, otherwise, your skin will feel dry and tight, and even look flaky. If untreated, breaks in the skin can cause bleeding. The dryness might cause itching for people with more sensitive skin, and could be a cause for allergies as well. 


Coping with the dry weather

There are many ways to deal with the dry weather. Winter happens every year, which means dryness is a common problem everyone faces in Japan. So products like humidifiers and moisturizers have been developed and are available for everyone to use to combat the lack of humidity. Although this is a costly option, it is definitely an effective way to keep the dry away.

Luckily, Japanese people have long adjusted to this phenomenon, and they also practice some anti-dry techniques at home. What’s great about their techniques is that they don’t come with an expensive price tag! In another article, we gathered tried and tested ways that Japanese people do to combat the dry weather.

Read: All the Ways Japanese People Battle Dry Winter Weather That Won’t Break the Bank

Winter can be a tough cookie to crack. It could become a difficult experience especially for first-timers who do not know what to do. But winter is also a wonderful season, where you can enjoy seasonal food, winter sports, and many other activities like
illumination events that happen once a year. Although things can be hard at first, once you get over the challenges, we are sure that winter can be a wonderful experience that everyone who comes to Japan can enjoy. 

What are your tips for surviving the cold, dry weather? Share them in the comments below!

 (14 November 2019)

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