Japan Weather – Summer, Festivals, Fireworks and Lots of Fun

by ebazaar 5 September 2009 No Comment

Hanabi / firework in japanSummer in Japan is pretty much an anticipated season in Japan, next to Spring where they can see the blossoming of the beautiful Sakura trees. In Japan, summer can mean hot weather, lots of matsuri or festivals, cold drinks, beaches, open space concerts, fireworks! Holidays and vacations, and a whole lot of fun! Especially for teenagers and children. Summer holidays for school and university students can last up to more than a month. It’ll be less for the working class people which is only for about a week or so.

There are many festivals in Japan during the summer – Bon Festival, Nebuta Matsuri, Natsu Matsuri, Tanabata and there will be a lot of Hanabi or fireworks which is much enjoyed by the japanese. Fireworks can go for as long as an hour. The japanese likes to enjoy their firework shows slowly. The town or village or city streets where they’re having the fireworks will be bustling with people, food stalls will be set up to sell yakisoba, takoyaki, and colorful shed ice. There will also be lots of games such as Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish scooping).

japan summer kingyo sukui

Goldfish scooping stall

But summer too can be considerably uncomfortable for some people due to the heat. Temperatures across the country ranging from very hot to very warm according to the respective regions. The onset of the rainy season (baiu or tsuyu) takes place around 7 June. It starts in the southern part of Japan and moves northward. With the end of the rain around 20 July, the Ogasawara air masses blanket Japan, and the weather takes on a summer pattern. The heat lingers on into mid-August. People up north can expect a warm summer rather than hot one and summer in central Japan can be much more humid than usual. Temperature may rise up to 30°C at the peak of summer in Japan.

Check out the temperature table of Tokyo here.

In summer too, it can also be the month of typhoons. Japan can be hit with several dozen of typhoon in summer and early autumn every year, which sometimes resulting to massive loss and casualties. Transportation disruption is pretty common in Japan when there was a typhoon that may have cost landslides and flood.

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