Comic: Daylight Savings Time

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There isn’t any daylight savings time in Japan. Ryosuke’s first year in America, we had a fun, round-about talk while I tried to explain the point of daylight savings time.

Fun times.

Daylight savings time threw off my whole schedule this year. I missed two Skype calls. Oops.


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23 Comments on Comic: Daylight Savings Time

  1. No daylight savings is honestly one of the biggest downsides to living in Japan, for me. My foreign friends and I are convinced that Japan is in the wrong time zone. The sun rises in Tochigi at about 4:30am, and sets around 4:30pm. By the time I leave work at 5, it’s already too dark to go out after work and enjoy yourself. In New Zealand, it’s not unusual for it to be light until 8 or even 9pm during daylight savings time, so I’m used to enjoying myself outside after work – and being able to see what I’m doing! Daylight savings will definitely be one of the things I enjoy whenever I move back home.

  2. Ok 1st time hearing this daylight thingy.. Will hv to google it

  3. How I hate the daylight savings time. It is such an annoyance and I hope it will change soon! My parents in law also have no clue what todo about it except my mother in law thought this spring that one hour of her life is being stolen :)

  4. You also have that in America? Wow, I only thought we here (i`m living in Germany) have it. Maybe in other countries of europe, but it`s funny that you also have it.
    Learned something new…. CHECK!

    thanks for always posting interesting comics and post by the way.
    I`m almost checking everyday your post to see if there is something new.
    I myself am in an relationship with my japanese boyfriend, so I`m always sowing him things you post and then see what his reaction is like, because there are often similarities, which I also have encountered.

    So please keep up the good work ^ ^

  5. I never understood DST anyway. I mean, you’re already getting light at different times of the year depending on the season, what’s the point of adjusting that 1 hour and then adjusting it back every 6 months or so?
    I was “lucky” enough that every single US working trip that I traveled on happen during Mar/Apr or Oct/Nov. I get to adjust my watch and mess up my body clock every single time! Not fun!

  6. i like your comics, the way you explain about how things done really differently in other country with different culture. hahaha somehow it’s funny, and sometimes it can be so awkward. xD
    I’m Indonesian and here there is nothing like ‘Daylight Savings Time’ (?) ng…what is it? move and back the clock? for what? *imitating Ryosuke xD

  7. This continues to be confusing even when you move to Japan and have to remember online school deadlines and the time difference to skype with your parents… T.T

    • Well, the U.S. is quite wide, 9pm in Seattle is midnight in New York. Japan, on the other hand, is long. South to North rather than East to West. No real need for a Daylight Savings here….

      • The reason the U.S. has Daylight Savings time is the conserve energy. Not because the country is wide. I wasn’t comparing the countries… I was saying how even though I am in Japan where we don’t have daylight savings, I still have to remember that the time has changed when I meet deadlines in the states or when I talk to my parents.

  8. I live in Saskatchewan Canada and we are the only province without daylight savings. The downside is that tv shows move either an hour ahead or behind.

  9. Every time the clock moves ahead or back, I get confused as to what time it is in Canada. There is no daylight savings time in Taiwan either and I can see Ryosuke’s point completely!

    • Me too. I really don’t see the point of it now. It was one of those times when AS I was explaining it, I was like “Wait, no, you’re right. This is kind of stupid.”

      • Since moving to Taiwan, I am always questioning whether or not the clocks has changed and then I have to remember did they go forward or backward. And then I end up checking the internet to see what time it is before I call my folks in Canada. :)

  10. I wish someone told my cat the concept of daylight saving because Biscuit and her stomach just don’t get it :D btw. I love that you adjust your comics to your previous hairstyle since the timeline is different :D

    • Hahaha, thanks :D

      We had so many funny cultural miscommunications when we first started dating – I really wanted to show them all!
      I feel sorry for animals on Daylight Savings time. Biscuit probably thinks mom and dad are being mean for no reason…

  11. Lucky Japan, no Daylight Savings. Arizona does not have daylight saving either. The origins of Daylight savings:

    Daylight saving has caused controversy since it began. Winston Churchill argued that it enlarges “the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country” and pundits have dubbed it “Daylight Slaving Time”. Historically, retailing, sports, and tourism interests have favored daylight saving, while agricultural and evening entertainment interests have opposed it, and its initial adoption had been prompted by energy crisis and war.

    Your former idiot governor lessened Standard time as President to increase the work for the war effort. Actually, our time zones are also inaccurate too. For example, the border of California and Arizona (depending on the months) are one hour ahead. Enter into California, your clock on your phone goes backwards. Step into AZ. and it goes forward. The earth is divided into 24 zones, hence the 24 hours. If we go by the Sun, the zones would be drastically reduced…maybe down to 12…maybe 16 times zones. The theory of the times zone is the size and the rotation of the earth. Earth being 24,000 miles around and the sun earth spins 1,000 MPH, hence the time zones…still no one can answer this:

    If you’re at the International Time Zone at noon Wednesday, when you head west, it is noon Thursday. Why is it that you don’t get tired? Because our reliance on clocks screwed up our circadian time in ourselves…or time does not exist…

    so Japan does not understand Daylight Savings…as do China and China is humongous! Remember, you are 17 hours ahead of me…when really, if we used a sundial, you are probably 10 to 12 hours ahead…screwy, ain’t it?

    Great blog! Oh and we fell back, so it’s no longer Daylight Savings

    • Daylight Savings Time messes me up every, SINGLE time. I’m glad Japan doesn’t have it…
      Time zones are already difficult enough to work with…

    • China has one time zone for the whole country, but if you go to the Western part of China, like Kashar or Urumqi or DunHuang, the people there use two times–local time and official time. So figuring out, as a non-local, which time to call someone is still confusing.

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