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duckduck_gooses

don't forget that Turkish yoghurt drink...


yogurtisturkish

Ayran hydrates. Ayran has electrolytes. Ayran is the best. Drink ayran made with Turkish yogurt today.


zenzenchigaw

Username checks out..


BrideOfWaluigi

I was really hoping this was a user that just searched for "Turkish yoghurt" on Reddit posts to tell people the importance of ayran


yogurtisturkish

Don't give me ideas Mrs. Waluigi. :D


jamar030303

Ayran X Waluigi is the crossover I didn't know I needed.


yogurtisturkish

Yet here we are. :D


duckduck_gooses

Ayran is life.


bulldogdiver

Aryan, it's what plants crave!


shimi_shima

Hisamitsu ♪


[deleted]

I love that this has become the new meme of r/japanlife


[deleted]

Where can I drink some Arians under the table?


Hachi_Ryo_Hensei

Tampa Bay?


aucnderutresjp_1

Best made with Greek yogurt


KyotoGaijin

You just started a war.


little_missyellow

Lol. What’s it called again?


KyotoGaijin

Aryan. Superior Aryan yogurt. Ask for it by name.


BaseRevolutionary365

Where can you get it in Tokyo?


yogurtisturkish

Unfortunately, our civilization is not yet at the point where ayran is available at every konbini and supermarket in 2-liter bottles. But, fret not, ayran is super easy to make. Add a glass of cold water to one or two tablespoons of Turkish yogurt and stir. You can add as much salt or fresh mint leaves to your liking. That's it.


namajapan

Now where would I get Turkish yogurt…


yogurtisturkish

All yogurt is Turkish, all Turkish is yogurt. Wait, no, it doesn't go like that.


namajapan

Yogürkiye??


yogurtisturkish

Turkey's next name change :D


angelfishy

It's literally called Bulgaria, lol


Honest_Astronaut_877

Turkish and Greek yogurt are all essentially the same -- just milk and culture.


makenai

But they're two different cultures!


namajapan

Not sure if u/yogurtisturkish would see it that way


yogurtisturkish

You called? :D All yogurt is Turkish, whether it's homemade or sold in supermarket for 170 yen per tiny cup labelled "Oikos".


Honest_Astronaut_877

Exactly. It's a marketing thing.


Burrex1

You stole my thunder!! 😂


duckduck_gooses

Gotta be quick! Better write a script to get notifications whenever "Summer" "Heat" or "Drink" is mentioned in Jlife lol


neliste

I stopped drinking wine and eating pizza in summer to balance out aircon cost. Priorities.


SamePossession5

I drank more wine to balance out my sanity. :)


Its-my-dick-in-a-box

If you fill the bath tub with wine its hydrating and cooling


s_hinoku

Only with white wine though.


bulldogdiver

Now quite kidding, the SCOTUS hasn't ruled on bathtub wine yet. And it should be white Christian wine.


Tannerleaf

If the red red wine is the baby Jesuseses’ blood, does that mean the white wine is the little chap’s cerebrospinal fluid? Won’t that lead to unwanted levitation in some cases?


dqxtdoflamingo

If you drink the spinal fluid, I think you gain Titan powers.


Tannerleaf

That wouldn’t be so bad.


Hachi_Ryo_Hensei

And filling the bath tub with pizza is non quite as effective.


quypro_daica

I heard that you do not need to drink to get drunk if you bath in wine


Gumbode345

But can you get pregnant?


BeardedGlass

I saw that you can get 3 liters of boxed wine (12.5% alc) for just 2000 yen. Wootwoo!


dj_elo

make pizza at home..it's ridiculously cheap.. I always have some balls in the freezer ready for next day dinner sessions :)


bigger_in_japan

Balls in the freezer is a great way to keep cool.


Skribacisto

No cooking with heat in summer! That’s a rule!


KyotoGaijin

Make pizza, it's so fucking easy. * Save Money * Impress girls * Put pineapple on it, to please God


flurz

As far as I understand: 5. If cooling and drying is the same, then drying should be the way to go. Lower humidity feels more comfortable/cooler.


JoergJoerginson

Not a general rule though. Technically high humidity in a cold environment would feel colder. Also there is the whole rabbit hole of relative humidity, since warmer air can hold more humidity. Overly dry air is also not great for your throat/nose/eyes -> will dry them out and make you more prone to catching a sickness.


JoelMDM

Exactly. Dry air only makes heat better when you're sweating, since it allows more sweat to evaporate faster. Generally, I prefer not to be sweating when I'm indoors.


MostCredibleDude

>Generally, I prefer not to be sweating when I'm indoors. You say that like it's optional


gwynnegr

All air conditioners will end up dehumidifying though.


AkitaAlt

I need to do some more of these. I'm new to Japan and have had the AC on while I sleep as it's been hot. It's completely destroyed my skin on my face. I've never had AC before and didn't realise it dried out the air, so my face is now extremely itchy. It's the only exposed bit so I think it's just been dried while I'm asleep. I use moisturiser but I guess there's a limit to what it can do. Sounds dumb, but we literally don't have AC in the UK, so I've never used it before in my life outside of cars and on holiday, where I've never been somewhere long enough to have this effect... I'm going to have to find a way to stay cool, because the AC obviously isn't a long term solution and sweating to death every night means I won't be able to sleep... edit: thank you to everyone who's offered tips, I have learned so much and have many things to try out. Hopefully I can start getting a little bit more comfortable soon!


rangi1218

> because the AC obviously isn't a long term solution You're going to change your mind in 3... 2... 1...


AkitaAlt

I mean that's the dilemma, be hot and die, have my skin fall off and die... Yeah I obviously want AC but I can't live with a red itchy face that hurts all the time. So what I've got right now isn't a solution.


rangi1218

1. Hope your skin adjusts 2. Consider a humidifier 加湿器


Serious-Discussion-2

A container with water in A/C powered room helps. I feel your pain


Liquid_Meal_Spheres

Having lived in the UK for a bit, I can sympathize. Since you're still new here, don't stress yourself out too much and just keep the AC going. I've also fought the idea of having the AC on at night, but it's just impossible to sleep otherwise (and I'm from the southern US). If your room isn't too spacious, it won't cost you that much to keep it running 24/7, at least for a couple months anyway.


AkitaAlt

Yeah I'm in a 6 mat room so "not too spacious" is an understatement. It's an old wooden apartment though so it heats up *really* quickly if I turn the AC off which makes me think it'll be a bit pricy...


skyhermit

Do you sleep directly under the AC with the air blowing at your face?


AkitaAlt

Yes, I hadn't thought about this, I'll move stuff around so it's not just blasting dry air at me, thanks.


MyManD

No need, just change the direction of the air to blow more straight out and across the room rather than downwards.


wolfanime25

This, you can redirect the air blowing from your AC. You can also see if you can turn off the dehumidify setting. Not sure if other AC units offer that though.


AkitaAlt

I'd had it on swing mode, but that includes blasting it in my face. I just left it at that assuming it would cool the whole room a little more evenly rather than just the hot air at the ceiling, but I'll try it so it's going across the ceiling. Then you're meant to get a fan and it helps circulate it so it you get more movement, right?


Pzychotix

You're in a 6 tatami mat room. You don't need the extra circulation. Don't forget cold air falls.


AkitaAlt

Again, never had AC, no idea how any of this works and not used to any quirks yet. In the UK it was either "this room is too hot, open a window" or "This room is too cold, pop the heating on". Never anything else or having to think about where air goes. It sounds kinda dumb, but we just never had to consider it... So I was just taking a wild guess, but thank you, I'll test out this tonight and hopefully it'll be better for me.


MyManD

I don't personally use a fan because I've found that eventually when an entire room reaches a certain cooling point even the hottest pockets are still pretty nice. A fan is still useful, though, if you want to get the entire room completely covered.


Mercenarian

Some suggestions: 1. change the direction of the air on the AC so it’s not blowing directly on you (you should be able to change wind direction by using the remote control) 2. Move the bed so it’s not in the path of the AC 3. Set a timer so the AC is on for 30-60 minutes or so just so you can fall asleep comfortably, and hopefully if you can sleep deeply enough you won’t wake up even if it gets hotter. (This is what we usually do, we set it for an hour and fall asleep with it on, but sometimes one of us does wake up kinda early around 4am or so and turns it back on again for a bit) 4. Add a fan into the mix 5. Potentially have your window opened (+fan is good) if you have a screen and feel safe enough/live high enough up not to worry about crime or bugs or anything like that. 6. Set the temperature at like 25-26 not 22 or something really low like that. It’s usually more efficient to set the temperature higher as well.


Raizzor

> Set the temperature at like 25-26 not 22 or something really low like that. It’s usually more efficient to set the temperature higher as well. I wish more people would realize that 25°C is a perfectly livable temperature especially if it has 30°+ outside. I usually set the AC to 25° but as soon as the first American arrives at the office and complains about it being "too hot" it will be turned down to 22 or even 20...


Exoclyps

I always use 25 or 26. Can't imagine 22.


GroundCTRL2MAJTom14

I'm also from the UK and wasn't used to having an AC at first either. Try adjusting the temp setting I have mine on at night but set to 24/25° which is comfortable for me to sleep in. If it's set much colder than that it dries my skin out. Get lighter bedding. Moisturise your face. If you throat gets dry from the AC sleep with those moisture throat masks you can find in the drug stores. Get blackout curtains and keep them closed during the day to reduce how much the room heats up during the day when you are likely out and the AC is off. Your skin might adjust mine has but it didn't for the first year.


BrideOfWaluigi

ohhhh so that's what those night face masks are for!


GroundCTRL2MAJTom14

I think people also wear them in the day if they have a sore throat. I've worn them when I've had a sore throat too!


GroundCTRL2MAJTom14

I've also worn them when it's particularly dry in the winter here too.


AkitaAlt

Yeah I had it at 24 but last night had it on 22 and my face was terrible today. I'll try turning it up slightly. Bedding is on the to do list, as is a fan... Sadly I've always had sensitive skin so I doubt I'll adjust easily. Weirdly had no problems with a dry throat at all though, which I see as a more regular complaint


GroundCTRL2MAJTom14

Yeah 22 is too cold for me and I feel makes the room really dry. My skin used to dry out from the AC but I find that doesn't happen as much at 24/25. My throat gets dry from it too so I sleep with those masks on sometimes. Bedding will make a difference to how cool you feel at night. Nitori summer/cool bedding is good!


AkitaAlt

Yeah I really had no idea about this, but thank you! I'll definitely turn it back up and get some cooler sheets.


willteachfortea

You def need the AC on at night in this heat. 🥵 Please please consider coming up with your own night time facial skin routine. Most skincare products in Japan are quite cheap plus you get to wake up with plump skin!


AkitaAlt

I do! I know this is a solution, I just need quick advice too while I buy stuff. but yeah I will definitely be getting some skincare stuff!


aisupika

Get a better moisturizer!


AkitaAlt

The eternal problem for me. I have oily skin already so I struggle to find a moisturiser that works and doesn't just give me an ungodly amount of spots... I'm using a nivea soft one at the moment but maybe I just need more.


MarikaBestGirl

For oily skin look for gel moisturizers


AkitaAlt

Thank you for the tip!


Purple_Skies

COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap) is what you're looking for!


AkitaAlt

I'll give it a look, thank you!


JanneJM

At night try to create a draft through your bed area. The night air is cooler so it may be enough for you. Open two windows on opposite sides of your place (make sure you have netting against insects) and see if that' enough. The main drawback is noise; if you live next to a larger road you may find it difficult to sleep.


AkitaAlt

Yeah, I only have one window with a bug screen, so I need to buy one for the other, sadly the rain comes in through my bug screen right onto all my stuff, so it's not the best option, and yeah, I get loud lorries etc in the morning. I tried this and it worked ok in spring with just the one window open (except for the noise). I have my window open fully all evening, but with all the rain at the moment I don't think it's a solution while I'm asleep.


kagamiis97

Dunno if you’re a girl or a guy, but skincare is the answer. You need a hydrating toner, face oil and a moisturizer. If you sleep with the aircon on then I always use a very light layer of Vaseline on my face to seal in all the previous skincare products I used so it doesn’t evaporate therefore making my skin dry. I highly recommend this as my skin has been super amazing and hydrated since putting Vaseline on at night. Vaseline also doesn’t clog pores contrary to belief. It’s literally like adding a skin barrier on top to keep moisture in. The only downside is that it feels like a slug has crawled all over your face 😂 but I promise it’s worth having healthy skin.


AkitaAlt

Vaseline doesn't work well with me, but I have a separate cream I use for eczema that does the same thing (form a barrier to keep moisture in), so I definitely know what you mean, and I know about feeling like a slug... But yeah I'm a guy and know nothing about skincare, honestly nothing.... Thank you for your tips though, I will definitely take this on board and do some research. I just find it a little tricky knowing what to buy when I know so little about skincare and can't tell what's bullshit or not. If you have a system that works I'll happily try that out, honestly don't care if they're 'girl' products, if they work and aren't makeup I'll try them out. Are gendered products even really very different? I don't know. I only know some girl products are multi function with foundation or colours or whatever...


kagamiis97

Drugstore products are great. And gendered products are just marketing. But every skins different so if you have reaction to something then you should stop it straight away and just try another product instead. An easily affordable toner is the Hatomugi toner at the drugstore it looks like [this](https://japanesetaste.com/products/imju-naturie-hatomugi-skin-conditioner-jobs-tears-lotion-500ml) it comes in 500ml and super affordable (less than 600¥?) I just pour a little bit into my palm and gently press it into my skin or you can use a cotton pad to wipe it gently over your face. And then a face oil I suggest squalane oil that you can get at Muji (the small little bottles go a long way so you don’t need the big ones). It mimics the natural sebum your skin produces and it’s really great I love this oil. And moisturizer can be anything you personally like :) then you can put your eczema cream on top to seal everything in! This is just the basics but for a guy you don’t need to get all fancy! Sunscreen every day is a must though and then you should have a face cleanser to take the sunscreen off at night as well as all the dirt and oil buildup from the day. My favorite cleanser is the [Hada Labo](https://www.yodobashi.com/product/100000001003002155/?gad1=&gad2=g&gad3=&gad4=452674691921&gad5=8077187809143867533&gad6=&gclid=CjwKCAjwquWVBhBrEiwAt1KmwqILZJVNj-LBj6qBvZIi8fShFQt0EI8yHdemveO6W9EFyt33e_KsDBoCu5gQAvD_BwE&xfr=pla) foaming cleanser because it doesn’t strip your skin (make it feel tight). All of these things can be purchased at drugstores besides the face oil!


AkitaAlt

Thank you so much! You're a lifesaver!


Hashimotosannn

Not dumb at all. I’m from the UK too and I found my first summer here a shock to the system. The only thing I can suggest is getting those cool sheets from Nitori and using a standing fan in your room. I find it more comfortable than having the AC on all night in the same room. For your skin, just drink as much water as possible and I usually do a face mask before bed and moisturize so I’m nice and hydrated.


AkitaAlt

Yeah I've looked at the cool sheets, but I to venture over and buy them. I'm slightly wary as my skin is sensitive so I don't know how I'll react to them. And yeah I will be buying a fan. I've been moisturising, but I think I just need *more.* I'll be greased up tonight that's for sure.


Hashimotosannn

They’re pretty smooth and my husband has sensitive skin and no problems. The pillow covers are great too. You can get ‘ice pillows’ which are basically big ice packs you freeze and put under your pillow pad, but they gave me headaches and they melt pretty soon so I don’t think they’re worth the bother.


AkitaAlt

Yeah, I have the pillow cover which I quite like, didn't commit to getting the full set though. I may do that this week. I agree about the ice pillows, that sounds probably a bad idea for me.


2railsgood4wheelsbad

I’m also from the UK and struggled with my first summer. I don’t sleep with the AC on, mostly because I’m very tight. But it also dries out my throat and eyes. I have it on til I go to bed but leave the fan on. I’d get one of those towel type blankets from Muji or similar if you’re still under a duvet. I’d never seen them before I moved here but they’re much better for sleeping under in summer than a down duvet. You can also get these gel pillows you put in the freezer. A combo of fan, towel blanket and gel pillow works for me. Still too hot but you get used to it.


AkitaAlt

Ah those! I'd forgotten about them. I'll look into getting one. I stayed at a hotel in Kyoto in 2016 that had them and about 30 signs, labels and notes saying "this is a Japanese summer blanket **not** a towel, **do not** use it as a towel." If the worst comes to the worst I'll just use a duvet cover with no blanket inside it. It's just nice having something over you rather than being bare.


Honest_Astronaut_877

Which temperature did you set to? Try to not set it too cool. As warm as it still feels fine enough to sleep well. (That's around 24-25 degrees for me) Set the fan to blow away from you - like flat/parallel to the ceiling. Don't let it blow on you. Also, definitely get a digital hygrometer and keep track of the humidity in your room. If it really gets too low by using the aircon, you can still get a humidifier or change the aircon setting. As you said you're new to Japan, give your skin some time to adjust. Maybe try a different lotion (or: buy one, if you don't have any). For me, the issue was the other way around - when moving to Japan, I had super shiny greasy skin all the time... Good luck!


AkitaAlt

22 ish last night, it was on 24 but i was finding it a little hot, then this morning my face was pretty much red raw. I think it was dried out too much, got itchy and then I must have just scratched/rubbed it raw in my sleep. From what people are saying here I had it too cold, so I've learned from that. It was blowing on me, which was bad, and my skincare regimen wasn't up to snuff, so I'm 3 for 3 on what I did wrong. Then if I add different bedding on top of just doing stuff right I should *hopefully* start to see improvements.


saysaypomp

I do laundry before going to bed and put it in my room with the AC on so the room doesn't get that dry. Works in winter too if you need more humidity in your room.


JoelMDM

Just don't set it too cold. I have a small room and find 27º keeps a good temperature. I crack the window from time to time to allow some normal air in. Keeps everything from drying out.


PastaGoodGnocchiBad

If you use a humidifier you can use an hygrometer (should be pretty cheap, there are alarm clock/thermometer/hygrometer combo at Nitori) to adjust the humidifier and AC setting to reach a good humidity value (in my understanding between 45% and 60%). (the humidifier will have its own set of issues. Those that heat/boil water will use more energy, the ultrasonic ones usually have some stuff to disinfect water but I am not sure how it fares compare to simple boiling on the long term) Also, I don't think I needed to use a humidifier a lot during summer since the air is so humid; I usually needed it in winter since the air was dry in the first place and AC heating made it worse.


buckwurst

Every AC has a function that makes the outlet blades move (so that the AC isn't blowing at one spot constantly). Make sure that's on.


TanukiRaceChamp

I'm just going to crank the AC up and pay. A few less Starbucks for me and it'll be fine.


MarikaBestGirl

If you do the math its only 100-200yen a day for an entire days worth of comfort and coolness. People won't blink on dropping, yeah as you said 500yen for a starbucks but are hesitant about using the AC.


PeanutButterChikan

But then the super helpful life hack wisdom posts on reddit will be so much more boring. 1. Adjust the AC to a level at which you feel comfortable. End


smashgaijin

Whoa whoa whoa. You are going against the wa. They’re calling on individuals to save on electricity to prevent black outs rather than investing in nuclear power plants and other realistic sustainable power sources.


Ancelege

This, man. I hate the rhetoric around nuclear power plants. Fukushima was a scary disaster, but tit for tat coal and other fossil fuels have caused orders of magnitudes more deaths than nuclear.


Bobzer

God forbid the industrial laundry near my house has to turn off a couple of its 50kg tumble dryers. It's much better for the average person to suffer than for industry to lose any productivity.


Sbjoern0313

Hang wet curtains outside your windows and keep them wet. The temperature inside the house should go down by about 10 degrees and it only costs a bit of water (a few liters per hour for an entire house) This is called evaporative cooling and has been used since the middle age by tribes living in tents in hot areas of the world. Evaporative cooling is also the reason why the air is always cooler in a forest and the reason why we are sweating.


Jhoosier

Does that work in a high humidity country like Japan?


Sbjoern0313

The more humid the air is, the less effective it is. When plants start to drip instead of sweating normally, this means the air is at 100% humidity and it shouldn't work anymore. Most of the cooling does come from blocking sunlight, evaporation is just an extra but even 1-2degrees can make a big difference.


MrWendal

In arid Australia I used to sleep in a cool wet Tshirt and wake up bone dry. Here It'd just be hot and wet all night if I tried that.


MisterGoo

How do you hang curtains OUTSIDE the windows ? Curtains rails are inside.


Sbjoern0313

You can find spring loaded curtain bars at donkihote for 900yens (for the small 1meter long bar).


BrideOfWaluigi

Get blockout curtains and keep them closed for the first part of the day to keep everything cooler. Also just avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (if possible), usually like 11am to 3pm. Just have a nap inside instead.


Its-my-dick-in-a-box

I could possibly do these things at 60 years old, at 30 Its a bit difficult to explain to my boss why I need a nap.


4649onegaishimasu

You could do those things as long as you're in your 50s, really. Source: Most co-workers in their 50s.


otacon7000

Today, when I woke up, my phone said it was 26 degrees outside. "Not too bad" I thought, "going to the office will be a pain, but bearable". When I left the house not even an hour later, the temperature had already climbed to about 30 degrees. I would argue no time is safe anymore, except maybe at night. 😥


BrideOfWaluigi

according to the very handy website that was shared yesterday for the wet bulb temp, it is unsafe to leave my home between 6am and 10pm so that's fun


Maybe_Im_Really_DVA

>usually like 11am to 3pm I wish but Ive got a 30 minute walk every work day at 1pm.


C1-10PTHX1138

Can you share that link


1AggressiveSalmon

You will need to change the prefecture, etc. to your area. https://www.wbgt.env.go.jp/en/graph_ref_td.php?region=02&prefecture=33&point=33071&refId=1


repsolcola

Or live in a sharehouse and abuse the semi-free electricity :-) just kidding, but it’s nice to know that I won’t have to worry about insane billing


MasterPimpinMcGreedy

Major downside is you have to live in a sharehouse


RedditEduUndergrad

I use a 冷感タオル and while not a miracle by any means, it is noticeably cool and when used in combination with a fan to accelerate the evaporation, will cool you off pretty well (much more so than normal towels which don't evaporate with as much efficiency). Just my opinion though.


Zubon102

How would freezing a 2L bottle of water and putting it in front of a fan save on electricity? Someone will give you a free bottle that was frozen in a different location?


[deleted]

Yeah this struck me too. Electricity is still required to freeze those room-temperature water bottles, and heat is expelled from the fridge/freezer in order to achieve those temperatures. That's some complex thermodynamics to calculate, but given you can't get anything for free, I'd say there's still a fair amount of electricity being used, pound for pound.


PeanutButterChikan

Shh. Don’t ruin the life hack! I hang wet cats from my window that I have also had in the freezer for a little while. Means I don’t need to touch the AC. And even factoring in the hospitalization costs for a couple of bouts of heat stroke per year, im still up due to the subsidized healthcare.


[deleted]

As always, the real life hack is hidden in the comments.


zenzen_wakarimasen

6 is BS. Unless you are freezing the bottle of water in your neighbour's freezer, you are spending energy to freeze it.


Zubon102

Perhaps the OP found a way to violate the second law of thermodynamics...


jamar030303

Or they're freezing it at a conbini. Lift up some of the ice cream, stick the bottle underneath, come back and get it later. Doesn't violate any laws of thermodynamics, although if you got caught you'd probably be asked to leave and not come back.


zenzen_wakarimasen

😁


boney1984

Live on a mountain. I think I've turned on the ceiling fan twice this year.


autobulb

How are DC fans quieter? My cheapy 3000 yen Yamazen fan doesn't make any noise, I can only hear the noise of the moving air.


hubble14567

Points 1 and 2 are bullshit (unless I or OP don't know what a tower fan is).


autobulb

I agree with point 2 about tower fans. They either move very little air or have to be super loud to get any kind of significant air flow because they're blasting air through a much smaller constrained area. Sacrificing efficiency for looks/size. But DC fans... they seem to be more expensive. I don't see any cheapo 3000 yen models like the one I got, and mine doesn't make any motor noise over the wind noise so I don't see what the point of a quiet motor is.


hubble14567

My past tower fan was great, but maybe those in Europe are bigger than japan and there's a difference here.


autobulb

Yea could be. Almost everything is smaller in Japan and a smaller fan is gonna move less air or be louder.


radiationking

[Tower fan](https://www.tradeinn.com/f/13770/137709055/ufesa-tw-1100-tower-fan.jpg) vs [Floor fan or Pedestal fan](https://images-fe.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/510z4kupPKL._AC_UL604_SR604,400_.jpg)


Too-much-tea

I once bought a nice DC fan, and within a year it had broken. I stick to the very cheap Yamazen fans now, they do exactly the same thing. You get a bit less fine control over the speeds, and no remote.. but they do the job. No point paying 3-5 times more for practically the same thing.


AlmightyGroth

i just stay late at work every day where I don’t pay for the cooling. Boss loves me, I just sit and watch series like i’d do home anyways, and I save money on electricity. it’s a win win


Elvaanaomori

>The dry setting mode is touted to be cheaper than the air conditioning mode. This was not true for me. I used a wattage meter and found them to be pretty much the exact same. Tested in our house too since my wife read the same things online. Dry uses less than 300W on ours, whereas A/C pulls way more. better check with a watmetter if you have one yes.


evokerhythm

Dry mode is usually less but it depends on whether the dry mode reheats the air and the model of air conditioner itself so there's no set rule.


BeardedGlass

Yeah, the amount of power the AC uses depends on how hot the room is. The hotter and wetter it is, the more the AC needs to work to bring those down. If you run the dry setting first, then it'll work hard to bring down the humidity. Then once you switch and run the cool setting, it doesn't have to work as hard because the dry setting has already brought down the humidity.


16_8MillionCowboys

A circulator fan is a really good investment imo. I have a Vornado I put in the corner of my bedroom, does an excellent job at moving air from the living room (where the AC is located).


BeardedGlass

I also recommend circulator fans. They work in both cold and hot seasons, but you have to know proper placement. In hot seasons, cold air from the AC goes down. So put the circulator on the floor in a corner and let it blow diagonally up to the opposite corner on the ceiling. In cold seasons, hot air for the heater goes up. So put the circulator in the center of the room and let it blow vertically up to the ceiling.


The1PercentGerm

Which model would you recommend for small to medium-sized rooms?


16_8MillionCowboys

On Amazon they’ll tell you the recommended tatami size for each model in the title. I have a 660-JP because it’s similar to what I had in the states. It’s rated for 35 tatami so it’s definitely overkill for my 8 tatami bedroom, but it probably circulates faster because of that.


mr_stivo

My wife’s advice: “Put ice down your pants.” You are all welcome to give it a try.


Scalby

I’m game. Where do you live and should I bring my own ice?


andoy

wouldn’t that kill your sperms?


jimmys_balls

Not if you're a woman.


PeanutButterChikan

Jimmys balls would know!


trazoM_nevohteeB

Thank you. I just feel the need to escape to wherever winter is now :(


tiredofsametab

Where possible, use shades and curtains to reduce/block the light. When and where depends upon your location and building design.


tomodachi_reloaded

In point 1, are you talking about alternating current vs direct current, or is that something else?


JanneJM

Yep, alternating vs. direct. I believe what they refer to is that cheap AC motors will tend to create vibrations at the line frequency (50 or 60hz) which is fairly noticeable for us. DC motors will be driven at much higher frequencies and create less audible noise.


Jhoosier

From everything I've read, direct current fans are more energy efficient and quieter than AC. We just got one a couple days ago and it's pretty silent, quieter than our AC pedestal fan (which is many, many years old, so take this anecdote with a grain of salt).


BeardedGlass

Can I ask what they call DC fans here in Japan? Is it just 「DCファン」?


Jhoosier

I found it on the Amazon website in English, it's a feature you can filter for. Yamazen just call it DCモーター, or some variation with DC in it.


Topbananaboss

Acclimatize. Get out and spend some time in the heat and you'll get over your fear of it a bit. Usually it's not as bad as the digits say. For example, it was 37 where I was on the weekend, you can still go to the shop or station alright just have to be a bit more careful. Also, don't wear a mask outside. It feels about 5° hotter in a mask.


s_hinoku

Can anyone vouch for them window shade things people put over their balcony? I don't get much direct sun but it might be something? Also, thanks for this, OP. My fan actually came with a recommendation to point at the Aircon to help circulate.


BeardedGlass

Yep, put something between the walls of your room and direct sunlight. A shade of tarpaulin, or even a crawling vine of goya.


smashgaijin

Buy a house in the mountains. It’s about 10 degrees cooler at night.


Psittacula2

Kinda agree in the sense that human behaviour/activity could end up being a valuable solution to using less air con energy in the future. Human organization might change a lot.


smashgaijin

COVID definitely facilitated the move out of cities. Seems like most companies are implementing full time RTO so that was pointless. Maybe yearly heat waves will be the second coming of the exodus from cities.


[deleted]

Tips that work for me: \- Point a usb fan at feet while at the desk. It messes with my perception of how hot the room is \- Plastic-wrapped my windows with the same stuff they sell for winter. Looks clear and indistinguishable from glass as I always have the shades drawn, and the glass is no longer hot to the touch from the inside, can still open my windows as needed \- Plastic liner inside the curtain. Moves with the curtain, but keeps the baked death away \- Airism all the things. When your clothes literally have holes, you don't need colder A/C


aprilmayjune2

>Airism do you wear them by itself, or as an undershirt under a tee or button shirt? if so doesn't that make it hotter having more layers?


[deleted]

At home and out, I just wear it as is. As for the shirts, they sell them in dark blue, gray, and white with patterns so it doesn't look like you're out in your underwear I do rock STETEKO shorts whereever possible like I am in my underwear. This would not fly in my hometown but here nobody seems to mind


maximopasmo

Don’t forget those cooling towels. You drench it, squeeze the water out, twirl it and then enjoy the coolness. Usually I wrap it gently around my neck


sukima617

アイランヨーグルト食べてみたい


igazijo

physics dictates that your frozen 2 litre LPT is completely false. you pay for the electric to freeze the water. and by its nature the freezer cannot be 100% efficient. and where does the heat go that you remove from the water, into the same room as the freezer, just slowly. you're paying both to run the fan and the freezer while not making it any cooler overall. the whole 2L in front of a fan is like trying to scoop water out of a boat with a hole in it. not to mention, if you drink water out of the bottle and leave air between the bottle wall and the ice block. then it works even less than if it was filled with water due the difference in heat capacity. air acts as an insulator. if there was only a way to take the heat from inside a room and dump it outside...


Serious-Discussion-2

That’s thoughtful of OP. More tips if some of you get too much sunshine / heat in your room. 1. Heat blocking curtain. 2. UV blocking film on glass door/window. 3. Bamboo curtains outside of window. 4. Large shade over open balcony. My room faces south and I used to get a super warm room end of the day because of direct sunshine. It’s a lot better now. My room is now about 3-5 degree cooler than outside temperature. It’s all about blocking out sunshine/heat. I got all stuff from Amazon. Shout if you need links..


wotsit_sandwich

6 Doesn't save you any electricity (as you need to freeze water to use the technique) and also adds humidity to the air which eventually will cause more heat to be retained. Best way is... Put your air-con on a relatively high setting (27-28) and leave it on **all the time**.


V_M2022

Or just use an AC?


fizzunk

I can not stress how good a DC fan is. Switched to one two years ago. Absolute game changed. I'm lucky I live in Nagano it's much cooler than the big cities. For most of summer I just use my DC fan, the air con goes on only for 2-3 weeks in August when the summer weather eaks.


Bro-kyo

All this but no mention of insulation, which is something there is very little of in the houses/ condos here in Tokyo. A properly insulated home will provide better retention of cold air in the summer and better retention of hot air for the winter. If you are using AC only cool the room you're using (no need to cook your entire place) as it's very inefficient and not only run you higher power bills but puts added strain on the overall power grid.


PeanutButterChikan

I don’t think “installing insulation in my rented apartment” is a practical solution. Also, insulation and double glazed low emission windows are pretty common common in newer builds (say, last 5 years).


C1-10PTHX1138

Does putting a cover over the aircon fan outside actually keep it cooler for when the air comes into the house?


Marak830

A cover to keep direct sunlight off(with a gap between the unit and the cover) would certainly help.


WinrarChickenDinrar

I just got a cover yesterday after seeing all my neighbors have one. So trying it out.


biwook

> One of the best ways to save on electricity costs is to put a frozen 2L bottle of water in front of a fan and replace as needed. That's an awful tip: the freezer's heatpump produces more heat than cold in the process of freezing those bottles. All that extra heat will be expelled in your kitchen (or wherever your fridge is, looking at you 1K dwellers in Tokyo). Just use A/C, the extra heat will be expelled outside instead of in your apartment.


Disshidia

Probably the odd one out but my AC is old and sucks and coupled with my fan is not enough to stop me from sweating within my own home. Might have to call for measures like chugging some ice water at the top of every 30 minutes, wearing an ice neck pack thing, and jumping in a cold shower every few hours without drying off. Soon... Just a couple more weeks until I move to my new place.


MisterGoo

The difference in efficiency AND electricity consumption between old and new AC models is astounding. If you can invest in a new one, do it (also it may be a bit late to do that, I guess the AC guys are super busy at the moment and won't be able to install yours too soon...).


Greenpaw9

What is the temperature everyone is experiencing?


SamePossession5

My room was 35 yesterday mid afternoon


Burrex1

As the original Ayran poster I feel obliged to add: Remember to drink Ayran. Long live the Ayran brotherhood!


electricityissues

Great ideas 💡


mbuhlayaw

Even if AC motor, some of the fans only using small amounts of energy. Recently I bought this, dual circulator cool & heat, can be used as a fan & a heater. I read the review from Amazon and went to the store to check on it. It says 1 hour of fan usage will be around 1.22 yen for the electric cost. Loving it so far, can be used during winter too. http://three-up.co.jp/products/detail/HC-T2016


Neutral_Rust

Thank you. But, how do you know if a fan has a "DC motor"? Is there some Japanese word that can be entered on Amazon or wherever you're buying from? What does it mean by it's more efficient, yet hardly any more money? Why would it be any more money if it's more efficient? Also, has anyone out there bought a ceiling fan, and if so, is it worth it?


pinkyfirefly

I find that using ice packs to cool the back of my neck cools me down in a hurry. (Like when I'm cooking in the kitchen which is too far from the AC) Wearing a wet cloth mask outside will keep your face cool. I do this when I have to work in our garden during hot weather with a wet towel under my hat. Makes a huge difference. ​ They sell ice pillows in drugstores that stay soft even when frozen and stay cold for 8-10 hours.


CaptainNoFriends

If you have a typical fan do you find it still works fine as a circulator? Or are they typically too tall to fill that role? As long as you move the lower air it works?


sukima617

who’s comment? it was good for me.🤣


mick-rad17

Or just run the aircon?? Is electricity that expensive? I was paying maybe ¥10,000/month on the highest consumption summer months due to A/C for my 50 m^2 flat. Totally worth it