Easy and Affordable Ways to Beat Tsuyu (the Rainy Season)
"Ice-type" Face and Body Paper
Tsuyu, the rainy season, is arguably one of Japan's lesser liked features. From late May to the end of July, people across Japan are treated to all manner of wet, from occasional sprinkles to intensive downpours. Add in the heat and humidity, and you can imagine how uncomfortable tsuyu can be.
Trains become seemingly more packed and people more grumbly, the simply act of walking from point A to point B becomes an exercise in staying cool and dry. That's probably why most people tend to stay indoors with air conditioners blowing full blast.
One of the ways I endure these difficult months is by always having with me a pack of "Ice-type" facial and body paper. Personally, I prefer the Gatsby brand, but there are several makers out there.
For just a few hundred yen, these moist thick tissues (I use the "body paper", which is the size of a table napkin) will keep you feeling fresh and clean. They're a quick and easy way to ease the burden of feeling sticky during the day.
They can be found anywhere, especially at convenience stores. There are pocket versions and mega-sized versions for the home.
I love them so much, I carry them all year-round, but they are especially appreciated during one of the wickedest seasons in Japan.
If you're a loyal user like me, you'll know what I'm talking about. If not, go out and give them a try - you won't regret it, and your skin will love you for it!
Former Deep Japan Writer