When I first arrived, I found it 'hot'. Mostly because I had come from a dismal, wet, damp summer in Saskatchewan. But I got over it in a day or two. I love the humidity. But as the weather began to become ever so slightly cooler, it became apparant to me that Japanese buildings do not retain heat at all.
If I were to add heat to my room, it would dissipate and I would be cold again relatively quickly. In Canada, if I turned off the heating in a room, it would take longer than fifteen minutes for all the heat to be lost. I attribute it to the large sliding doors with no sealing on the edges on one end of my room. I can almost see the outside stealing my precious heat. And the room was designed as a long rectangle, making one side of the room eternally colder than the other. They rectified that last objection when they built the newer dorms. But for all intents and purposes, my dorm has the heat retaining capabilities of a tent.
How the room is heated is very different. I have an "Air Con" short for Air Conditioner that heats, cools, and dehumidifies my room. I managed to hold off using it until the day it snowed. At that point I figured I was justified in allowing myself to heat my room (and I thought I had figured out all the buttons on my complex remote). It did not work. So I had to wait for a repairman to come check it out. They needed a part so I was able to get it repaired quickly. So I know enjoy heating comfort, in my not freezing, but still cold climate.
|My first reaction: "wha?"|
Here's the remote to the Air Con, the colour coding makes it easier until you open it up and see the inside ------->
The first was a "Donto" which is a pocket warmer. I put one in the foot of the bed so the sheets would be warmer. The major drawback to this one was that it could only heat a small area. The final option I had was taking a super hot bath. Sounds silly, but it worked. By adding extra heat to my body, when I crawled into bed the sheets heated up faster and I had no problem staying asleep. The Japanese obsession with baths has begun to make more sense to me.
|Air Con over my sliding doors|