While I enjoy the fact that Japan has four distinct seasons, I think summer will always be my favourite. While others grumble about the heat, I happily bask in the sun, listening to the cicadas sing, and sipping ice coffee in the shade. For me, summer means tank tops and trips to the beach; watermelon and sashimi. This summer, I got to enjoy lots of time off as I was in between contracts before starting a new job. I read lots, ate lots – and with the exception of travelling home to Northern Ireland, stayed pretty local, with a few day trips scattered here and there. Here are a few pics from my own summer. I hope you had a nice one too.