Right now, Japan's blazing summer is truly beginning! Kyoto, a famous tourism hotspot is known for being one of the hottest places in Japan during summer. But did you know there is a place in Kyoto that lets you experience fun summer traditions while staying cool? Let me introduce you to Shoujuin, a place where you can experience soothing coolness with all 5 of your senses!
In Japanese schools, students do cleaning by themselves and eat the same lunch in the same place, and the school year begins in April.
There are many cultures and customs that are different from your country.
We have written an article on Japanese schools!
Why not read it and compare Japanese school life with your student days!
Otsukimi, "moon viewing", is called the 15th night, and formerly the day of the "feast of moon-watching" in Heian period. People have been enjoying the beauty of the full moon on this day since ancient times. The Heian nobles composed poetry in competition with each other while gazing at the moon. On Ohigan, the night becomes equal to the day in duration, while the Sun rises due East, and sets due West.
According to Buddhism, the azimuth of the setting Sun marked the direction to Sukhāvatī, or the Western Paradise, so this festival reflected the desire for the people's own ancestors' souls to travel there, as well.
Popping boba might look similar to tapioca, but the taste is completely different!
When you bite into a mouthful of boba, the little balls pop open in your mouth, unleashing the sweet juice inside.
Comic Market is the world's biggest dojinshi convention, commonly known as Comiket. It is held twice a year in summer and winter, and the venue is now located at Tokyo Big Sight. Dojinshi, games made by oneself, music CDs, homemade accessories and toys, cosplay, company booths...all expressions are encouraged here, and all people who come here pull together to create this event and make it better. This is what Comiket is.
Speaking of Comiket, we have to say something about "Dojinshi" first.