As some of you may recall, last June Loco in Yokohama hosted the Japan Blog Matsuri and I collected and presented posts about summer activities in Japan and called it: Hot Fun in the Summertime!
It was so enlightening and so much fun that I’ve decided to do it again!
Welcome to the announcement for the Summer 2011 edition of Hot Fun in the Summertime!
First, let’s set the mood with a little tune that always does it for me. If you like, you can listen to it while you read.
Now, as Stevie seeps into your soul and has you thinking about every wonderful feeling summer has ever given you, and that melancholy feeling you have whenever She gives way to Autumn, you’re properly primed. So let’s get this show on the road!
夏の楽しみ (Natsu no Tanoshimi) or
“Hot Fun In the Summertime!”
Here in Kawaiiland (at least in Kanto region), after this rainy season is finished hosing us down, like it or not, summer will be here. Japanese summer is known for its brutal humidity and if you don’t live here- believe me- its not exaggerated. A yard from your front door, the first bead of sweat races down your back!
But, if you’re like me, you’ve discovered a number of great ways to keep cool and/or have some hot fun!
- Open Fire Hydrant
Have you had a great experience (or terrible) here in Japan in summers past? Ex:Went to Fuji Rock last year? Was it a FAIL or a blast? Got pics to illustrate why? Tell us and show us. Share it with the soon to-be sweltering masses.
If you’ve never been in Japan during the Dog Days of Summer, or don’t currently reside in Japan, this might be a challenge for you. But, I don’t want you guys to feel excluded so here’s how you can contribute:
I presume if you’re reading this that you have some interest in Japan. If there’s a particular blogger’s writing style or photographs you like, why not ask him / her directly? Request what you’d like them to teｌｌ/show you about summer in Nippon.
Curious about what kind of activities and events Akihabara offers in the summer? Want to know where the best bikinis and Speedos can be found (and the pics to prove it)? Ask a resident blogger. And while you’re at it, tell them to put a link to the post here. If they’re not too busy they might take you up on it!
Have you had a summer romance, or fling, or one night stand, a crazy night at the beach or regrettable night in some club or bar in Shibuya? Or anything that will thrill readers and you’d care to share? Here’s the time and the place to let it fly!
Or, if you have any other ideas, run them by me! I’ll let you know if they’re suitable.
Here’s what should you do:
1-Make a great post
First, go ahead and make an original post to submit to Loco. If you want to submit a post or article previously published, just run it by me first. I’m flexible. Quality is most important. If you do, kindly make sure that the info is not outdated, for example.
2-Submit it to Loco
Following are two ways to submit an article/post:
- Leave a comment on this post with a link to the article being submitted.
- Contact me directly by clicking here.
The deadline for submissions is:
Midnight – Friday, July 1, 2011 (Tokyo Time)
Well, that’s about it. Hope you’ll be participating. Sorry, I don’t have any cash or prizes to offer as incentive to get in on this, but, hmmm….maybe I’ll stick a banner of your blog in a prominent position on my blog somewhere (similar to Quake Book and Raw like Sushi’s currently) Or maybe I’ll even work it out so that it’s in my post for a fixed period. Haven’t rally worked that out yet. But even if if there’s no extra incentive, this is sure to be sensational:
Last year’s “Hot Fun…” was one of the biggest and most visited posts in Loco in Yokohama history!!!
So, I hope you will join in and encourage others to do so as well. I mean, if you’re a J-blogger you’re probably going to be writing some summer related material anyway.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading your submissions, and being refreshed by some cool ideas (-:
Before you go, here’s a little more summer music to get you in the right mindset. A little Fresh Prince (AKA Will Smith) and Chicago.