The number of ‘atsui ne’s (It’s hot, isn’t it) muttered or spoken reached a year high peak in the Kanto region today.

Daily 'Atsui Ne' Chart
Daily ‘Atsui Ne’ Chart

The number of ‘atsui ne’s per Tokyo resident reached above seven for the day just after noon at 12:01 p.m.

The ‘atsui ne’ phenomenon – closely related to the ‘samui ne’ (It’s cold, isn’t it) phenomenon – of stating the obvious does very little to relieve the speaker from the extreme weather conditions, yet is often an uncontrollable temptation.

The receiver of the ‘atsui ne’ call has no option but to agree by replying ‘Sodane’ (Isn’t it) or repeating the phrase ‘atsui ne’, and then think to themselves, “Well of course it is, you fool!” – only later to repeat the phrase themselves to an innocent bystander a short while later.

‘Atsui ne’s are expected to reach similar levels on the weekend.

Image: MIKI Yoshihito