The Rising Sun


I live in the Land of the Rising Sun.  “Nippon and Nihon (Japanese for Japan) literally mean “the sun’s origin”, that is, where the sun originates, and are often translated as the Land of the Rising Sun.” The Japanese flag is a representation of the rising sun.  A little side note…those of us who live here often call it the Land of the Ball of Red Tape.  😉

We don’t do daylight savings time (DST) here.  I kind of like that.  It does make it difficult to figure out what time it is in the USA when I want to make a phone call.  For example, sometimes we are 14 hours ahead and sometimes we are 13 hours ahead.  We don’t change, but those in the USA do, or at least most of them.

There is one thing that does change for us, which is true of everyone in the world.  That would be the time of the sunrise.  In the peak of summer, it will rise around 4:30 a.m.  In church Sunday, everyone was yawning.  Those of us from the USA were commenting about having “sympathy tiredness” for our friends and family in the USA. HA!  Then it occurred to us as we were talking that with the sun rising earlier each day, we were waking up earlier than usual. There’s only one solution, time to reset the body clock and go to bed earlier. That will definitely be a trick for this night owl!

photo credit:  free photo from google images

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