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August 2018

How to Enjoy Summer in Japan

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THEME FOR AUGUST
How to Enjoy Summer in Japan

From the way they build and arrange their homes to what they eat, the Japanese have come up with practical and ingenious ways to survive the hot, humid blast of summer. They also know how to celebrate, with fireworks and massive dance festivals, and have great escapes into nature when the heat proves unbearable. Read on to see how people keep things cool in Japan.

FEATURES

Taking Steps to Hike Tourism in Japan

An interview with former Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Akihiko Tamura

Fire Flowers Light Up Japan’s Summers

Summertime is the high season for Japan’s masters of pyrotechnics to show off their world-renowned fireworks

The Town That Dances for Thirty Summer Nights

The people of Gujo Hachiman and countless visitors create their own summer warmth in a massive month-long dance festival

The Otherworldly Magic of Factories After Dark

Night tours of vast, illuminated industrial technoscapes straight out of a science fiction film have become big draws

Rebun—The Flower Island

This little isle off Hokkaido’s coast is a cool summer haven offering rare alpine flowers, fun treks and delectable seafood

Iriomote—Japan’s Last Secluded Isle

On Iriomote, far from Okinawa and covered in mangroves and virgin forest, the locals live sustainably and respect nature

Japan’s Summer Food and Dining Wisdom

The Japanese have been cooling themselves from the inside for centuries with seasonal foods served on visually refreshing plates

Various Ways to Stay Cool at Home in Summer

Japanese homes smoothly incorporate features, materials and arrangements to fend off the summer swelter

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY

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A TRIP BY LOCAL TRAIN
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