After a long and wet rainy season (June/July, 6 weeks instead of 3, record low sunny hours for Tokyo, and most rain in July in 20 years), it was followed by summer heat, the hottest August on record (daily av max 34.1C in Tokyo), with very little rain. (it suddenly switched from cloud and rain, to heat and dry on 1st August). Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture, recorded the equal highest temperature ever recorded in Japan (41.1C, along with the regular summer humidity), and 40 degrees in Niigata prefecture, which is unheard of on that side of the mountains. You have to remember, this is a country that gets snow down to sea level in winter in Tokyo. The heat has continued into September, maybe 2 weeks longer than normal, but it changed a little about a week ago, and by this coming Sunday, we will finally hit the slippery slope back towards winter in central Japan. How do we know? Forecasts show that Sunday will be the first sub 20C degrees nights in Tokyo since May, with maximum temperatures forecast to be consistently below 30C degrees. This is what I call "late summer". So here it is..... Post away, and here's hoping that some of you can make your way here to Japan after COVID, while the powder is still here. I will make sure that I give regular reports on the consistency and depth of the powder, first hand!!!!