Fireworks!

As I said 2 weeks ago, the odds that you will bump into a festival when you come to Japan in summer are quite high. One of them is fireworks shows. There are fireworks shows in almost every town in Japan over the summer holiday period between June and August. Wanna play fireworks yourself instead of watching? Unlike many other countries, it is legal to play with fireworks in Japan. It also explains why you will see shops put out loads of fireworks products in this time.

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Festivals 祭り

If you are planning to come to Japan in summer, you may bump into a festival one day on the street. Different kinds of summer festivals have been going in different parts of Japan. I came across with one in my town 2 weeks ago and another  one yesterday in Utsunomiya.

It was so crowded!

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Wanna try your luck? Here is another way out except for lottery – Goldfish scooping!

One round for 300yen. They will give you 2 fish as souvenirs even if you can’t catch any in the end.Image

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Fireworks festival in my town 2 weeks ago:

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初雪 はつゆき

What’s 初雪[はつゆき] Hatsu Yuki ? It means the first time of snow in a year. There is no such a term in English, yet Japanese people see first snowing as an important thing so they invented such a term.

In my town which is close to Sendai仙台, I experienced the the first snow yesterday in the school when I was outside trying to move my bike to another spot. At first, I just saw something a little bigger than drizzles falling from the sky. I took a closer look and found they were more than drizzles, but ice patches with a little bit of whitish color. And I realized it is the first snow this year- the very first one I see since coming to Japan.

Since it was recess time, kids were running around on the campus. Everyone got so excited when they saw the snow. Many of them were yelling out loud ‘It’s snowing’ in Japanese.

Yes, I was yelling too, in my heart: ‘IT’S 初雪 Hatsu Yuki!’

Halloween

Happy Halloween every one! This is once a year in Halloween Day. Are you having a party or something like that tonight? It’s usual for people many countries to celebrate this day tonight: throwing a party, visiting theme parks, out to a movie, etc. In Japan, unfortunately, celebration is very rare. Yet, it doesn’t mean that Japanese people do not pay as much regard to the festival as westerners do.

Since a month ago, I have been seeing heaps of things around related to Halloween. Toys, chocolate, and many products have their tailored Halloween version. Some lower graders in school today wore costumes and took some photos. Shopfronts packed with Halloween displays of Jack-O’-Lantern, witch’s hat….. Halloween is everywhere in Japan.

Sorry, there’s no trick or treating, Jack-O’-Lantern, and demon’s fork for the general public.