A Night with Yutampo

Since living in Hokkaido, the next season is coming much faster than any other Japanese places. Winter has just arrived by snow falling in the last week unlike to the other mainland prefectures experiencing the best of fall season. A bit of snow falling is a very familiar seasonal phenomenon with us in November. But the scene I just witnessed after opening curtain in my house last week was a bit surprising. It was like somebody turned on the switch of winter yesternight.

What the hell???!

Anyway, thanks to this message from the sky, we finally made sense that we are in winter now. And that means a lot of people will suffer from getting cold, especially me. Changing season means we have to get used to the new environment as soon as we can. And I am terrible at this kind of transformation. I’d like to keep wearing T shirt and shorts in my room. You need to turn on a heater as long as you stay inside the house, and the room is getting dry, and you find your throat completely like a desert in the morning. Then, you realize soon you will get cold.

That’s why I got a slight cold in the last week. Under this COVID circumstances, we are asked to get rest if you had a fever or dullness. We are totally right and agree. However, there are still tons of Japanese who still don’t want to take a day off to get rest because you would think you are lost (I don’t know what we lose against though). But anyway, I took rest as much as I could, and now I’m almost recovered.

This annual cold seems a kind of ceremony like a snake shed its skin. Now I think it is an inevitable action to live healthily. Sleeping a lot and spending lazy days, my body and mind seemed to have refreshed. Getting a cold doesn’t always mean bad, I sometimes thought.

Anyway, I set Yutampo inside of my blanket. This maybe a Japanese unique traditional culture though (not that popular these days), you put a kind of hot water bottle inside your blanket to keep the bed warm through the night. And you can wash your face with the slight warm water that was filled in the bottle. That’s the beauty of this Yutampo. Further info of Yutampo is here. https://allabout-japan.com/en/article/6244/

Have a great Yutampo night.

You could buy this even in the Japanese supermarket. It’s too hot to use it bare, so usually we wrap with or put in a towel bag.

Published by Tomoharu Watanabe

Hi there. I'm 27 years old Japanese guy who currently live in northern part of Japan; Hokkaido, and a high school English teacher. Love reading books and watching movies and especially traveling around the world. Playing the guitar and kendo (Japanese traditional martial arts) is also my pastime.

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