It happened one morning. When I woke up, the water had stopped. A water outage. At that time, I didn’t have any conception of what a water outage was, so I thought, “I must not have paid the water bill.” But thinking about it later, I realized that I had paid it…… Definitely a water outage. I didn’t really know much that day. That’s because I don’t usually check my post box everyday. It’s always overflowing with flyers that I don’t want, so I have to organize it. And there was a notification inside that said “[month and day], from 9~15, there will be a water outage,” so I didn’t know. If I communicated with my neighbors, it might have made a difference, but in this tough Tokyo desert, no one told me.
Well, having noticed the water outage that day, I wondered how to pass the time…… Unfortunately, it happened to be my off day, so I hadn’t made any plans to go outside. It was hot and I thought “how unlucky!” but as I thought about it, I realized that only the water was stopped. For drink, I had somewhat of a stock of tea, and even though I couldn’t wash my face, I didn’t have to meet with anyone. It would seem that the story would end with this, but even when I knew that the water wasn’t plugged, I strangely felt no need to use the water. How strange. Anyway, I really feel the civilization-like life in the summer is wonderful. If I had been born in the Edo period, I think I’d stay in the river all summer long. Without the air conditioning, things like water outages would be miserable, so I’d just stay in the river. Surely I’d be mistaken for a kappa. Recently, days like today make me want to go to the mountains and the rivers. Ah, if I mention it here, I’ll go swimming (I don’t think so).