When asked what do you love about Japan, many Japanese answered ‘You can clearly feel four seasons in Japan’.
Iconic cherry blossom in spring, the harmony of red, yellow and green leafs in autumn, and the pure soft snow in winter…but what about summer? The humidity? The heat? The overly bright sun? They do not sound too exciting, don’t they?
To be honest I am not a big fan of Japanese summer. Although I grew up with tropical weather, 5 years in the south of Australia has changed my endurance to the heat. Especially when the weather this year appeared to be worse than previous years. Sometime I thought even my sunscreen would melt!
But, those are not the only thing about summer in Japan.
There are many festival such as beautiful fireworks competitions, and traditional festivals from all over Japan.
You can learn more here https://tictokyo.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/japan-summer/
However, but if you was similar to me,who is not that interested in fighting with sea of people, here are some recommendation of what you should do to enjoy summer here.
It is true that fireworks in Japan is very pretty, but you can view fireworks almost everywhere in the world. On the other hand, playing with fireworks is a different stories. There are not many countries that sell fireworks in normal stores and let people play with those on their own.
You can find similar products during summer in Japan. They are safe and fun, just need to be careful not to stand too close when you lit them. For anime/ drama fans, don’t forget the famous Senkou hanabi, they are very very beautiful.
There is no direct translation for this activity. Soumen are very thin wheat noodles and the word ‘nagashi’ can be translated as ‘the flow’. Therefore, nagashi soumen is flowing noodles.
Practice with your chopsticks before trying one.
The last time I had nagashi soumen, there were also pudding, jelly and fruits flowing down the tube as dessert.
These are almost like summer limited activities so try to experience them while the summer is still here!
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