The one thing that I cannot get used to living in Japan is the humidity. In Hawaii, the only time it is humid is usually before it rains. In Japan, the humidity just lingers, before, during and after rain. For the past couple of days, the humidity has been really uncomfortable. One thing that you have to watch out for during the summer is natsubate (heat exhaustion). Some people lose their appetites during the summer and thus succumb to natsubate.
Luckily (or unluckily), my appetite is intact. Still, standing near the stove cooking is a chore during these months.
The dish that I prepared for dinner last night didn't require me to stand near the stove. I just put everything into a pot and left it to cook for the required time. Rainbow Drive Inn Shoyu Chicken served with sliced okra on rice.
Would you believe that I had never eaten okra until coming to Japan? Okra's sticky/slimy enzyme is supposed to help fight off natsubate and help keep your appetite intact, so load up on okra, it is in season here now! Hopefully, it is in season where you are too.