How to distinguish spring and summer in England?

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Apr 27, 2011 07:20
Both England and Japan have four seasons. But the symbols of each season seems to be different between these countries.

Spring in Japan means the voice of 'bush warblers' (ウグイス, small birds of Japan), beautiful cherry blossoms (and parties underneath them), the beginning of new academic year in schools and new accounting year in companies, the big holidays called the 'Golden Week', and fresh green on mountains.

After the Golden Week, some people suffer from mental depression, which is commonly called May Disease, 五月病. New environment, new friends, new cherry blossoms, and new everything may cause panic for some people.

Then, in June, we have the notorious rainy season, 梅雨(つゆ、ばいう). Day after day we have a lot of heavy rain. While English rain is only enough to make your mind damp, Japanese heavy rain is more than enough to make you soaked to the skin. When the rain paused, you can enjoy fireflies soaring along rivers.

After the long rainy days, we finally have the mid summer. It becomes extremely hot during daylight. Thousands of cicadas screaming on trees everywhere. You cannot work hard any more. You go to pools or the sea for swimming. Most importantly, it's time to enjoy somen (素麺、そうめん) and cold ramen (冷やし中華).

Thus, basically, you never confuse spring with summer.

On the other hand, in the England, I can't really tell the difference between spring and summer. They're definitely not winter, I know, because the daytime is a lot more longer than in winter and trees are green. Probably, lovely colourful flowers may be the best symbol of spring.

But the temperature in July and August is not necessarily higher than that in April and May. Weather is more or less similar from April through September. It seems to me that there are long summer and short autumn, winter and spring.

Or from the view point of Japanese standard, it is like there are long spring from April through September, followed by autumn and winter, but there's no summer at all.

I asked one of my English colleagues when English summer begins and what the sign of English summer is, and he said, "Let me see, according to Wikipedia, summer officially begins from June and ends at the end of August."

That was not what I expected to hear, of course.