Summer is one of the most lively seasons in the country of the rising sun. The streets are full of colors due to the countless festivals held in different parts of the country. In summer it is also customary to use Yukata, a casual kimono that it is tended to wear when the people go to festivals or to watch fireworks. Summer in Japan has a lot to offer and this article will explain some interesting things about this fun season:
The average temperature in July and August is around 20°C/68°F, reaching about 24 to 26°C/72 to 79°F at max.
Tanabata, or the Star Festival, involves a Japanese tradition in which people write their wishes on small, colorful strips of paper (tanzaku) and hang them on the branches of a small decorative bamboo tree. It’s widely celebrated all over Japan, typically on the seventh day of the seventh month (July 7) - although some regions observe Tanabata on August 7, depending on how they decided to interpret the old lunar calendar. Based on a story of star-crossed lovers, Tanabata is among Japan’s most vibrant traditional festivals.
The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会, Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai) has been held every year since 1978 and is today one of the most famous firework events in the capital, attracting about one million each year
The Gion Matsuri is not just Kyoto’s biggest festival – it’s one of Japan’s biggest annual events. Originally held to pray for deliverance from plague, the festival has evolved into a huge celebration of Kyoto culture. It’s also a huge summer block party in which locals and visitors gather to promenade in colorful yukata robes and gorge themselves on street food and beer. The main events are two processions of traditional parade floats, held on 17 July and 24 July.
On the hot summer days, the most spectacular Obon festival in Japan is celebrated in central Tokyo.
The Yasukuni Shrine is decorated with more than 30,000 traditional Japanese lanterns, from the great Torii to the main gate to the sanctuary.
The Obon is the holiday in which for three days the spirits of the family, friends and ancestors return to the earth to visit their loved ones and celebrate with them.
Mt. Fuji is the most iconic symbol of Japan, and is a goal for many visitors and foreign residents, not to mention the thousands of Japanese people who climb the mountain every year. The climb itself is not difficult and even beginners are able to climb the mountain. There are crowds, but all the people is there for the same reason, and that is to experience what this special mountain has to offer.
Shaved ice, known in Japan as kakigori, is a soft and fluffy ice dessert sometimes topped with condensed milk or ice-cream, but most often flavored syrup. Lags displaying the kanji 氷 (kōri), meaning “ice,” in red against a white background are a traditional way to indicate that the dessert is available. Stalls are a common sight at summer festivals and during the Obon period.
Summer is a time of joy and joy in Japan, despite the high temperatures and rain, it is a very good time to explore the country.