A Guide to Japanese Summer!
Summer is the season of outdoor activities, festivals and most importantly, good food! For those of you who are experiencing Japanese summer for the first time, or just curious what it looks like, these articles can help you to get to know better at amazing Japanese summer culture and food!
A Guide to Japanese Summer!
As the weather is increasingly getting hotter, it seems like you cannot cool down no matter what you do. But with a glass of cold iced coffee in hand, walking around the city is a lot more enjoyable. Here is a list of the best iced coffee shops in Tokyo.
This is one of Japan's staple summer vegetables. The bitterness of the goya has a cooling effect, which is one of the reasons why Japanese love to eat it in the summer. It was originally mostly eaten in Okinawa, but know its popularity has spread to all of Japan, and because of its surprising nutritional value, its popularity is also spreading quickly around the world.
Tenjin Matsuri is one of the biggest natsu matsuri, summer festivals, in Japan. Around 1.3 million people come to watch this energetic event! Check this article for more information on Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka!
Koenji Awa Odori Festival: a huge dance festival in the heart of one of Tokyo's hippest neighborhood!
If you are in Tokyo in late August, make sure to check out the Koenji Awa Odori Festival. It is one of the biggest in the city, and it attracts approximately 1 million visitors! Find out more about the summer festival below!
Japan has a wonderfully rich selection of bottled teas that are so refreshing and healthy! They contain no sugar, which means they have no calories. Also, these teas have many other health benefits such as being rich in anti-oxidants and helping you digest fats. You'll surely see them everywhere if you come to Japan, from vending machines, to convenience stores to super markets. Their thirst-quenching power is unmatched during the hot Japanese summer so be sure to drink lots of them. Here are a few of them you might want to try.
Go to a water park to make the most of Tokyo's hot summer! There are some exciting outdoor water parks in Tokyo that open only during the summertime. Tokyo Summerland is one of the best and most popular water parks where you can enjoy a variety of pools and slides.
"Unkai" (雲海), means sea of clouds. This is a dream destination and appears in many travel guides as a must-go to place, as it overwhelmingly beautiful. Can you imagine sitting on a terrace, sipping a cup of tea while floating in an ocean of clouds? It's something right out of a dream!
Summer in Japan could be melting hot with its high humidity but cooling desserts can brighten up your day. Try the following desserts and you will be a step closer to mastering Japanese summer food!
You know summer is here when it's finally time to eat mangoes! It might be surprising to read, but mangoes are grown in Japan too! Specifically in Miyazaki prefecture or Okinawa. A lot of restos are jumping on the mango bandwagon and are offering limited-time products!