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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

August 2021

SPENDING THE SUMMER IN JAPAN

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  • THEME FOR AugustSPENDING THE SUMMER IN JAPAN

    Japanese people have devised a variety of ingenious ways to get through the hot and humid summers. This month’s Highlighting Japan introduces some of the traditional seasonal customs that are still practiced today along with other unique features of the Japanese summer.

     

FEATURES

  • How to Spend a Summer in Japan

    An interview with Hirota Chieko, an expert in traditional Japanese events and customs.

  • Handmade Hemp and Ramie Fabrics Fit for the Summer Heat

    The Koto region of Shiga Prefecture has been a production center for certain plant-based fabrics for over 600 years.

  • Kakigori: A Sweet Summer Treat

    Kakigori, or shaved ice, is a popular summer treat dating back over a thousand years that continues to evolve with the changing times.

  • Sunshade Curtains Made of Vines

    Activities to popularize “green curtains,” a measure to help mitigate global warming, have taken root in Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture.

  • The Classical Swimming Arts of Japan

    Nihon eiho (Japanese classical swimming arts), which developed as a martial art long ago, is a uniquely Japanese way of swimming that is still practiced today.

  • Kyoto Folding Fans: Beauty and Utility

    Handheld folding fans have long been used in Japan in the summer to create a gentle cooling breeze. Among these fans is the beautiful Kyo-sensu (Kyoto folding fan).

  • The Sand Beach as Art Museum

    At Kuroshio Town in Kochi Prefecture, the beautiful Irino Beach doubles as an art gallery called the Sunabi Museum.

  • Nouryou-Yuka: A Kyoto Summer Tradition

    The nouryou-yuka wooden decks which line the banks of the Kamogawa river are a seasonal tradition that adds style to the summer in Kyoto.

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