It is allergy season here in Japan. Ben who has never had allergies before, is sneezing, and itchy, but compared to nearly everyone else he is doing great. I have had to give in and take allergy medications, 2-3 showers a day, and neti pots. Most locals wear surgical masks, and many people have allergy goggles.
The allergen in the air is from Cryptomeria, commonly refereed to as Japanese ceder. The air is dusty with the pollen where we are, and even those not suffering from allergies, are still sneezing and wheezing.