Voices | VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What are your tips for surviving this winter?

by Louisa Chan

Tomoaki Hara, 28
Government official
The air in winter is really dry and irritates my throat. I have to be careful so I don’t get a sore throat. I have a humidifier at home to keep moisture in the air.


Yasuyo Okumoto, 36
Aid worker
I usually don’t have a problem with the cold, but if I’m outside for a long time I use heat patches to keep warm. I usually put them in my pockets and shoes.


Akiko Mii, 33
Teacher
If it’s really cold, I stick heat patches on my stomach and my back. If I’m still cold, then I go to a vending machine and get a hot drink to warm my hands.


David Koor, 28
Teacher (English)
Eating well is important. I eat lots of homemade chicken soup. It’s a special family recipe. It’s penicillin for the soul. I also wear long johns and thermal underwear.


Nirmalan Sidamparanathan
Public servant, 28 (English)
I try to stay indoors as much as possible. I play computer games, draw, listen to music. When I go out, I wear lots of clothes. I like to dress up and wear my “Ewok coat.”


Ayano Yonekura, 24
Dancer
I sleep under a “kotatsu” at night, which is nice and comfortable. I wear big coats when I go outside. I like going to hot springs, especially in Atami, as it’s my hometown.