I've always heard the complaints that we have short summers but are they? As soon as September hits I hear people saying it's fall when we still have weeks of summer left. Worse, we spread this perception to anyone that will listen. So I've always wondered how we could extend our perception of summer to last as long as summer actually lasts.
This article is interesting in this respect and I see parallels in our behavior here:
Why Japan's beaches are deserted - despite the sunshine
By Michael Fitzpatrick, Tokyo, 30 September 2014
"Visit the sun-blessed sands near Tokyo any day in August and you'll witness millions ambling out from their air-conditioned roosts into the soupy afternoon heat and heading for the waves.
But once August is over, nothing. Emptiness."
What happens on 1 September is that lifeguards vanish, because local authorities pull them from the beaches and close all amenities. Summer-season beach bars and restaurants are also meekly dismantled.
"...we will never think to challenge the status quo," says Sato.
Indoctrination starts at school. Children are drilled: "Follow the rules. Don't be selfish. The nail that sticks out gets hammered down."
They learn that custom decreed long ago that autumn (the time you halt beach trips and instead do autumny things) returns at midnight on 31 August precisely. Only a barbarian would ...."