11 Events + Items that Remind Japanese of Summer
Summer is coming! As such, we’ve created a page of summer highlights in Japan. We’ve previously written about festivals so take a look at that with this. Which of these do you want to experience the most? :)
1. Watermelon Splitting
2. Radio Calisthenics
3. Wind Chimes
4. Hanabi (Fireworks)
These look like fireworks up-close. But they’re my own sparklers. They go out if the fireball falls so my friends and I would have competitions when I was young for who could keep theirs the longest. They’re quiet, unlike the bigger fireworks, and are nice for their sense of elegance.
You’re sure to see stalls at festivals selling food that’s cheaper than convenience store food and tastes better too! You gotta experience walking from end to end, eating all the food, when you go to a festival!
There’s a variety of stalls ↓
This is a game where you catch goldfish with a net made of thin paper without breaking the paper.
Here’s an article on goldfish: Impressive! 2 Different Goldfish Art: Which Do You Like?
I can’t describe how tasty these are. They’re best freshly made!
Here’s an article on Takoyaki: Takoyakis for your empty stomach!
6. Koshien Baseball Tournament
The Koshien baseball tournament might be even more popular than pro baseball. One highlight is that you can feel the youthfulness of the high school baseball players.
Here’s an article on Baseball: -Breaking News- Ever heard of “Carp Girls”?: Foreseeing a Major Boom in Japan!
Here’s an article on Firefly Festival: Kamakura (Temple/Shrine) Edition: Snag these 7 Sightseeing Hints and Double your Travel Enjoyment!
8. Toro nagashi
Here’s an article on Toro Nagashi: The Asakusa Summer Night Festival: Floating Lanterns Carrying People’s Sentiments are So Lovely
9. Star Festival
Every year on 7/7 we wrap wishes written on a strip of paper around bamboo and pray. Colorful and very pretty
Here’s an article on Star Festival: Part 1: Get Your Yukata ON! Summer Mode ON! And Head Off To The Tanabata Festival!
10. Ochugen Gifts
These are summer gifts you give to people who have given you help.
Here’s an article on Ochugen: 5+3+1 Check This Out If You Want to Live in Japan!: Strange Customs + Helpful Tips + Warning
11. 24h TV
It’s also the start of a fundraising campaign held all across Japan. You can see collection boxes everywhere, including convenience stores. The money they collect goes to people with disabilities and facilities.
When adults watch this show, they feel that summer is coming to a close while for children it’s the end of summer break.