Since Japan is located in the northern hemisphere, summer begins on June 21 and ends on September 21. During the summer season, it is very humid, and the temperature can rise up to 40 degrees.
With so much heat, this is the ideal occasion to visit the beaches, cool off with ice cream, and have fun. During this period, you can also appreciate beautiful landscapes covered in green, sometimes decorated with flowers of sunflowers, which is a characteristic flower of summer. You can also enjoy many seasonal fruits such as watermelon, melon, and peaches at Japan holiday destinations.
Summer is also the best season to see the fireworks since during this season there are many festivals throughout the country. In these festivals, you can see dance performances like the “Bon Odori” in addition to many stalls where they sell a variety of foods such as Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki. At the end of the festival, the sky is decorated with all the fireworks.
Bon Odori is a traditional Japanese dance festival. This festival is celebrated in Japan every summer and organized locally by each city.
During Bon Odori, people gather in open spaces around a tower with taiko drums and dance to the beat of traditional music. Music should be joyful to welcome the souls of the ancestors, and people should maintain a cheerful mood. The Bon Odori must be celebrated during the night because it is believed that the souls of the ancestors return during the night.
The refreshing wipes
In the same way that in winter we have available the ‘hot patches’ to combat the Japanese cold, to appease the heat of the Japanese summer you just need to go to some drugstore (like the ubiquitous Matsumoto Kiyoshi) and buy refreshing wipes, which give a great feeling of freshness. The refreshing wipes are usually marked with the word ice, like the Gatsby Ice Type, quite frequent and easy to find.
The summer festivals or Natsumatsuri are probably one of the best things about luxury destinations in Japan. At summer festivals we can enjoy traditional dances (such as the Awa Odori in Tokushima or the Sansa Odori in Morioka), enjoy the traditional music of the taiko percussion and the flutes was, hallucinate with the parades of floats and traditional costumes (like the great Gion Matsuri floats in Kyoto, the illuminated floats of the NebutaMatsuri in Aomori or the acrobatics with the Kanto Matsuri lanterns in Akita), blind us to typical food of the matsuri(as yakisoba, yakitori , okonomiyaki , etc.) and see many people in yukata or summer kimonos.
Another feature of the Japanese summer are fireworks (Hanabi) and large fireworks competitions (Hanabitaikai), which towns and cities of Japan organize to celebrate the arrival of summer and in which different pyrotechnics they compete to see who manages to mount a bigger and better fireworks show, with fireworks of colors and impressive and innovative forms.
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