Japan in the Summer

You can't miss the Hanabi (fireworks)! This is the Tateyama city fireworks festival near my house. It's one of a kind in that they fire them from barges out in the bay from multiple locations, giving you a lot more than one static spot in the sky to look at, and of course there's beautiful reflections in the ocean.

If you're visiting Japan, and heat and humidity are not game breakers, the summer festivals and fireworks are amazing. Fun and culture abound, and every year I am overwhelmed by how much I love the changing of the seasons in Japan, and the way they are celebrated. At the matsuri there are loads of 'yatai' (outdoor food stalls) selling festival fast food, girls in kimono, families, couples, and generally seas of people having a good time.


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