This Is What Summer Means to the Japanese

It's more than just the period from June to August.

As the temperature gradually goes up every day, people change to lighter clothes with short sleeves and brighter colors. It means that the summer is coming. The sunny season can mean different things for Japanese people because they have their own ways of enjoying summer. Let’s take a look.


Most of the time, it refers from June to August.

Traditional events

Usually in July and August, but as late as in September, firework events and festivals are held in different regions. Sometimes fireworks and festivals are combined together so you
can enjoy two things at once.

Sea bathing, camping, and recently going to
music festivals are other common ways of spending summer for Japanese people.

School events

In Japan, the summer holiday starts from the end of July until the end of August.

In Japanese middle school and high school, if a student is engaged in
bukatsu (club activity) the team usually do gasshuku (training camp) during summer.


In the middle of July, there are 3 days holidays because of the national holiday
Uminohi or the day of the sea. When the day comes, it is usually perfect weather for swimming in the sea. 

In the middle of August, there is a special holiday called
Obon, when family members and relatives get together, visit their family grave and worship ancestors. In the calendar, they have only one national holiday Yamanohi, the day of the mountain, but some companies, especially in the automobile industry, totally stop the factory operation for a week and let employees take the week off.

Related images

Hitonatsu no koi
, one summer love

You may have seen many stories in TV drama or manga featuring a young man and young woman who meet at the beach, fall in love over summer, but eventually split up because they go back to their hometowns or whatever reasons. Real life doesn’t go as romantic as in fiction, you know.

Many ways to “chill” out

People often say it gets hotter every year in summer in Japan. You might feel hotter in Japan compared in your country. Japanese people follow customs such as eating shaved ice and watching horror movies which surely make you shiver. Do you want to give these a try?

Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (23 May 2019)

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