Seasons

How to survive the heat of summer in Japan, which is too hot

I’ve long dreaded summer, it’s my least favorite season, at least in Japan. Back in Europe, I didn’t mind the summers because they were dry heat. It’s early July, the rainy season is more or less over now in Japan for this year, and temperatures are already mirroring those of last year on some days. It seems that during the summertime in Japan no matter where I go, it’s almost like the heat keeps constantly bugging me. To Survive The Summer In Japan Here are some tips for surviving the Japanese summer heat –many of these tips will help you ...

Rainy season in Japan

Japan experiences the rainy season annually. It starts from late spring to early summer and often it falls day and night for days. The actual timing will differ according to the region but it lasts for nearly a month and a half in any place of Japan. For example, Okinawa, the most southern part of Japan, will be in rainy season from early May until June end. While in northern part of the mainland it will be from middle of June to end of July. Hokkaido and some islands are exceptions; they have no rainy season. Rainy season in Japan ...

Without knowing the anko, I can not talk about Japanese sweets.

Have you heard or tried Japanese red bean paste as known as ‘Anko’? Anko is definitely indispensable for Japanese confectionary. It is simple to say how to prepare anko; cook the red beans until soft and dense, sweetened with sugar. Then either strain them through a sieve to make smooth creamy paste which is called koshi-an, or just mash them to adapt its rough texture with the husks which is called tsubu-an, according to the type of confectionary or to your preference. That’s it. However, of course it needs some tips and skills to reach the professional standard. Anko has ...

Fireworks display is one of the highlights of the summer in Japan.

 

Fireworks festival ‘Hanabi-taikai’ is the event that Japanese summer cannot be enjoyed fully without. There are number of very famous spots in Japan for hanabi-taikai, where people visit to see the splendid show of dozens of fireworks. Some of them are held at the river banks to maximize the visual effects of the reflection over the water. But not only such big events should be spotted. Small-scale local-based firework festivals are everywhere throughout the summer season. Fireworks are popular in every part of the world, to enjoy the light, sound and smoke etc. But Japanese fireworks are more for its ...

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