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February 12, 2005



What is the weather like this time of year?


It's pretty freaking cold right now, like 40 degrees F at night, so the terrace isn't open until summer. We sat inside in the upstairs bar/dinning room If you ever make it to Tokyo again I'll take you here-a very cool place.


That honestly doesn't sound that cold. 40 deg F is above 0 deg C isn't it? Its frequently -10 or below here, which must be almost single figures in Fahrenheit. Still, I just remembered that most Tokyo houses don't have central heating right? (All that cold is supposed to be character building I guess). Even the poorest places in Korea have what they call 'ondol' - which is a central heating system comprised of pipes under the floor. The hot air naturally rises - which makes it an efficient way of heating a house, especially in Asia where people tend to live on the floor.


No, it's not as cold as Korea, but liek you said it feels like it because of the lack of insulation, double paned windows, and central heating. They have it up North, but not here in the Kanto area. I think it's because they don't build buidlings to last(i.e. cheaply-because, they more than likely, will be eventually torn down in 10-20 years time).


Great site. Glad to see people who appreciate the intricacies and vapidity of Tokyo in full measure. But does anyone know the REAL reason why the Hanezawa Garden has closed. I went there today and it was an empty shell, all the interior fitting gone, the signs taken down. Probably another Mitsubishi or Mitsui condo coming our way. Bummer.

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