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Japanese Summer Events

June 11th, 2014 by Vincent Penez
Fireworks in Osaka

Fireworks in Osaka

Fireworks (Hanabi)

In July and August, hundreds of fireworks festivals are held throughout Japan. It’s one of the few things you can enjoy for free in the country; so don’t miss it!
Fireworks are a real institution. They last between 1 and 2 hours; with short breaks to introduce sponsors. On the other hand, fireworks are usually displayed on river banks, so you might have to fight with some mosquitoes! Plus, it will be very crowded, train stations are sometimes closed for security reasons, so you will have to put up with it, and be patient.

Beautiful Yukata in summer festival

Beautiful Yukata in summer festival

Yukata and Jimbei,
Those casual kimono are a popular way of dressing for summer, particularly when people go to a local festival or a fireworkd display. Yukatas are made of light cotton which is quiet comfortable during the hot Japanese summer. They are usually bright for girls (pink being the number one of course) and darker for boys. Guests who stay at a ryokan can often wear a yukata before and after bathing or for a stroll around town.

Marco wearing his Jimbei

Marco wearing his Jimbei

Almost all towns hold its own festival. Some of them like in Kyoto, Takayama,… attract thousands tourists. But it’s also very common to find small festivals near by your house like the one below. People enjoy the music and eat all kind of snacks served at kiosks; Takoyaki, Yakisoba or Okonomiyaki are the most popular ones.

Festival near Osaka

Festival near Osaka

 

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