Only in Japan: Special cooling blankets to give relief when the weather is ‘mushimushi’

Summers in Tokyo are close to unbearable. Not only is it scorching hot, it is also ‘mushimushi’ (humid). During the sweltering months of June, July and August the humidity level may rise to 70% or more.

The heat is not only bad for us humans, it is also a pain for your pet pooch and fave feline. They’re closer to the ground, and considerably furrier than most of us. Put new meaning into “the cat is on the mat” with Peppy’s Cool Aluminum Gel Mat(from ¥1,500). Its energy-efficient aluminum coating keeps the cool in as well as guarding against feline freezer burn. Available in different sizes, it also comes with an appropriate cutesy cover. Meanwhile, when the Shih Tzu hits the fan, tempt her away with the puffy, waterbed-like Canine Cooler (from ¥5,250). Top up with water once or twice a month, and keep your dog away from the deck. Available in various sizes.

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