Hottest Summertime Blues

This year, Japan's experiencing the hottest summer since the Weather Bureau started taking records 113 years ago (that's 1897!).

In August, 28,269 people were taken to hospitals in ambulances for heatstrokes. Since the end of May, the number is approaching 50,000!

In the land where people cherish taking care of plants, many of them didn't make it.

Roadside bushes by my office.

This planter bush is a goner.

Planters in Inokashira Park.

My neighbor's planter.

Our cosmos flowers.

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