Speaking of the sky, we’ve had a glorious stretch of summer weather here in Kansai.  Not a chemtrail in sight.

Bulging summer clouds against a deep blue sky; young well curved, very alive and giggling bikini-clad houris floating in their sunlit inflatable plastic rings on Japan’s most famous lake; the joy of winging that Aerobie of yours to your fellow conspiracy nut; the fearless dragonfly that lands on your shorts drying in the sun;the heron waiting patiently at the side of the pond for the next fishy morsel;a walk up to your favorite waterfall as curious deer check you out; the eternal sound of summer, those volcanic ayahuasca cicada symphonies; and as Dad sets, Mom rises in her round best; this and much more, remind you to count your summertime blessings.

In spite of the horrendous Geryon-sponsored news the KO covers, life in the New World Order does have escape routes.  If any of you out there plan on visiting Kyoto and want to flee the usual mercury readings of 96 degrees in the shade in July and August, consider Lake Biwa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN3Lr1Ha7pQ, a short train ride from Kyoto Station.

Why anyone would want to tour the temples of Kyoto in July or August is beyond me.   When you’re in Japan, you don’t want to experience the aspartame-flavored air conditioned fluorescent lights at Kyoto Station Aeon Mall on your way to Kiyomizudera.  You want to experience sky, Scorpio, Sagittarius, clouds, lightening, trees, vast green rice fields, monkeys, nymphs, deer, snakes, ants, wasps, horseflies, early morning Kitahodaka views of sacred 富士山, the Light of the World and his consort, the Queen of Night.  And while in the middle of winter, you ensure a hot spring is within proximity to prevent frostbite, in summertime you must make sure to have a clean river, lake, or ocean within spitting distance in order to cool off and maintain your sanity.

Kyoto is great in the spring and summer, and also possibly in the winter.  But in your typical Kansai summer when the daily high is 36 degrees, you’d be best to immerse yourself in the remaining abundance of Nature Japan offers.

Consult your Lonely Planet guide for details.