The temperature in Japan has hit its stride for the summer with an avg high of 34 degrees Celsius. You can't go two feet without seeing people with Japanese fans called Uchiwa or Sensu, desperately trying to get some relief. The heat coupled with the high humidity of around 76-80% make living in Japan and commuting in a suit and tie simply unbearable.
But there is an upside to the summer season "Japanese Festivals". Summer is the season for Obon. Obon or just Bon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.
During the Obon festival many smaller communities will have their own celebration which may include Drums, Mikoshi shrines and of course fireworks.
Literally millions of little twinkling lights can be seen across the sky during this time of year.
Japanese young men and women like to dress up in summer kimonos known as "yukata" for women and "jimbe" for men.
This is all about having fun. If it looks interesting and it relates to health and Purified Living then I will be adding it.