Welcome to the June 2010 edition of the Japan Blog Matsuri! This month’s theme is:
So, you’re looking for some cool things to do this summer? Well. you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re just curious about how some of the people here in Japan spend their summer, you’re at the blog to be. The answers are here!
By the way, as you check out these submissions please take notes. After you’ve peeped them , vote for your favorite on the poll provided at the bottom of this post. You can leave a comment too if you’re so inclined.
So, are you ready? Cool!
1-The first submission is from Muza-chan, over at Muza-chan’s Gate to Japan. A piece about a festival where you can cool yourself and have a lot of fun at the same time known as the Mizudome-no-Mai (Rain-Stopping Dance)
2-This next piece is from the Humor-us Guide to Japan. They’ve submitted a piece about Shiraishi Island, in the Inland Sea. I don’t know about y’all, but it’s on my short list of travel plans this summer.
4-And, up next, a warning of a big FAIL on the Hanabi in Sumida from our good friends at Spam From Japan. He’s also generous enough to recommend some Hanabi that are worth the time and effort. Thanks, yo! You saved me at least one trip to Tokyo this summer!
5-Here’s a piece from Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese) advising us where to chill out in Shizuoka this summer! I love Hot Springs myself but I’ve always gone in the winter for obvious reasons, but maybe I’ll give this a shot!
6- Here’s a piece from the man I’ve deemed the Notorious IG, better know as the Invisible Gaijin, IMHO the funniest blogger in Asia. And this post, on 10 ways to enjoy a hot summer in Japan, exemplifies why. Enjoy!
8- How would summer in Japan be without cold brews, beaches, and bikinis ? Well, fortunately, and thanks in part to my man Reesan over at lonleeplanet, I can’t answer that question. Cuz we got all three, and how!
9- What do summer, BBQ and a pig have in common? And, I mean a whole pig! The original Hawaiian Badboy himself shows us (and his students over at his English school) how to BBQ righteously in this gorgeous pic-filled submission from Chris’ English School!
10-They say Music has charms to sooth a savage beast. That’s all well and good, but what about the sweltering masses on a jime jime (muggy) day in Yokohama? Well, Shoujiki Shindoi (great name btw—means “Frankly, I’m beat!”) tells us certain songs can have a cooling effect. Call them Natsu no uta, (summer songs) and a number of them are provided here. Maybe I’ll learn a couple. (-; Thanks Rene.
11-Politicomix, a site by a fellow New Yorker doing his thing over here outside Tokyo (his thing just happens to be political comics) submitted this next piece, a short comic about the relationship between the Japanese early summer rainy season (known as Tsuyuu) and warm toilets. A must read.
12- This next entry comes from that connoisseur of the finer things Japan has to offer like Sake and Jukujo: McAlpine over at The Soul Of Japan. He offers up some great ideas on how to have some Summer Fun if water parks and fireworks just aren’t your thing. I’m with you there, bruh!
13- Arlene & Akira, Fefu and Poo brought us this next short piece about their adoration of spending those summer weeks playing with fireworks and trying to photograph spirits! I think they caught a couple, too!
15- Being a big fan of Fuji-kyu Highland myself, I’m betting I’ll run into Shana on a roller coaster while she’s out living the Life of a Banana in Japan. She offers up a number of other tips for adventure seekers to get into this summer because, like it or not, it’s official, baby: Summer’s here!
17- And last, but certainly not least (and submitted exactly at the deadline), we finish with a post from Vania over at Otaku Hime. Though she is not in Japan, her enthusiasm about Japan has brought her into contact with a number of people, nihonjin and foreigners alike, and through them she shares with us some of the great things about summer in Japan. Very Creative!
That’s aboout it for the June 2010 Japan Blog Matsuri. Thank you all for participating–otsukaresama deshita–and a thanks to you readers for stopping by to check out the submissions.
I also want to send out special thanks to Ken Y-N of WhatJapanThinks.com for founding the Japan Blog Matsuri, to Nick over at Japansoc for reviving it. And to all of you who re-tweeted my announcement and reminders, thank you too!
Well, here’s the poll! And, once you’ve finished voting, why not drop a line or two in the comments and let us know what you think of this month’s matsuri.
I guess my break is over. Back to our regularly scheduled programming. Next episode of Live from Locohama, the reality show, is on the way!